If you’re headed to Utah or looking for new places to explore, don’t miss Southern Utah travel guide sharing the best spot for cliff jumping!
Headed into our #BlueSummerTour in Utah, we didn’t really have cliff jumping on our radar, but it became one of the biggest highlights of our trip!
In fact, we went back a second time while there!
It’s no secret that I call my kids little fish. They seem to be constantly drawn to water, and well, I can’t say that I’m not the same way. Add in the 100+ degree temperatures of a Utah summer to the mix and water not only is something we enjoy, but it became a way to stay outdoors for longer than a few minutes without overheating!
During our time in Utah, while we ventured far and added plenty of miles to our driving log, we stayed in Saint George, Utah, which is not too far from Zion National Park. Before we even knew about the cliffs and cliff jumping at Sand Hollow, we ventured through Zion, which was GORGEOUS, by the way, but a little more crowded and the paved trails (that we chose) weren’t the type of adventure we were looking for. Plus, it was HOT and my littles were looking for a place to cool off.
When spending some time in the downtown splash area in Saint George’s Town Square, we heard about the beautiful rocks, the cool water, the short hikes and the cliff jumping at Sand Hollow.
The Ultimate Spot for Cliff Jumping at Sand Hollow | Southern Utah Travel Guide
Sand Hollow State Park hosts a man made reservoir located on the south side of a small town called Hurricane, between where we were staying in Saint George and Zion National Park. To get there, you’d take the turn off of Highway 9, a few miles southwest of Hurricane, onto Sand Hollow Road. Once you wind your way down the road there is a small per-vehicle admission fee to enter Sand Hollow State Park. After paying, follow the road all the way to the left and park at the far end of the parking lot, past a small beach area. You’ll see the start of the cliffs, and a little trail that goes back towards the water, follow that and it will lead you right to the top of the cliffs.
I’d recommend bringing along some snacks, PLENTY of sunscreen, towels and wear good non-slip shoes or boots (if you plan on hiking the cliffs). There are also red-sand beaches and boating available, though we went straight for the cliffs and the water!
A note of CAUTION: Cliff jumping is dangerous and can cause lifelong injuries if you don’t take proper precautions. If you’re ever unsure about water being deep enough, DON’T JUMP! While there were many people in Sand Hollow jumping, we checked out the depth before we did, and we did so at our own risk. Though we’re talking about it in this southern Utah travel guide, your exploration of the area is at your own risk.
What a beautiful spot to enjoy with your family. Love all the pics and video –
Absolutely gorgeous photos! Now I want to go!
We have never been to this part of the US. Looks like the kids are having a wonder time. Jumping into that water looks fun
GiGi Eats says
Good to know, so I can go watch everyone else! LOL!!! I am not much of a cliff jumper, that’s for sure! 😉
Name (requiredHeather) says
This looks like a fun place but I won’t be jumping off the big cliffs. The baby one for sure 🙂
Oh my gosh that would be so cool! I have not done cliff diving in quite a while, but it is fun! This place looks absolutely gorgeous I think I need to check it out.
These pictures are beautiful! It looks like your kids are having a great time. I don’t think I could try cliff jumping but my kids would.
All of these photos are lovely and make me want to visit! It looks like a fun time.
Amber Myers says
This is such a marvelous area. I always love to be near the water. I’ll have to get to Utah one day for sure.
I have wanted to go to Utah for ages. It looks like such an amazing place to visit.
I used to call my kids little fish too. They loved being in and around water.
Utah seems like such a gorgeous state! I Would love to visit one day!!
Utah looks so beautiful and fun to explore! I really need to visit more of the Western US!
How cool! We drive all over New England looking for places to jump off cliffs. This looks like an amazing place to visit!
That water sure looks inviting! Nice and clean and the park is really beautiful. Glad you had such a great time.
Terri Steffes says
I am so in love with this awesome natural water feature. I would love to see it in person. I have noted it in the things I want to do in Utah folder!
Your photos are stunning. I can’t wait to visit Utah again. It’s such a beautiful place to visit.
Anosa Malanga says
Ohhh, I am in so much need of a vacation right now. Hopefully I could visit this amazing place the soonest!
When I read cliff jumping, I was like, no thank you. But this actually looks like a lot of fun!
Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place says
Not sure if I like the sound of cliff jumping, lol. I have never been to Utah but have heard so many great things about it!