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!
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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.