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The Best Swimming Holes in the USA

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If you love swimming, you may decide that your backyard pool or local public pool just doesn’t cut it. If you wan’t to be one with nature, swimming in a clean, natural pool free of salt water and sea creatures may be your new favorite adventure. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite swimming holes across the USA. Most of these are located in southern and western states that are warm a majority of the year- a swimming hole is no fun when it is iced over!


Havasupai Falls, Arizona

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If you love hiking, backpacking, camping, and swimming, look no further than the grandeur of Havasupai. Located within the Grand Canyon, inside of the Havasupai reservation, these waterfalls are majestic in every sense of the word. Backpack in with friends, and spend a few nights camping at the base of the falls while you trek to one of the three waterfalls- Havasu, Mooney, and Beaver. The water is 72 degrees year-round, and so refreshing after a long day of hiking.

Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

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Dip yourself into the natural thermal water at the Hot Springs National Park and experience what tourists have been coming to visit for decades. The naturally hot water is believed to have medicinal properties, but the hot water will certainly allow the body to rest, relax, and recharge.

Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, Missouri

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Dip your feet in the East fork of the Black River, or go swimming amongst the boulders in a natural water park. Slide down the rocks and splash into the natural pools below

Slide Rock, Arizona

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Located in Sedona, Arizona, Slide Rock is a tourist hotspot. Visitors can sit on the rocks and slide down a crack in the rock, like a natural waterslide! If you aren’t a fan of the waterpark atmosphere, you can always sun yourself on the natural red rocks and cool off in the shallow pools.

Blue Hole, New Mexico

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Take a dip in the crystal clear, sapphire waters of the Blue Hole. Located in the deserts of New Mexico, the water is so clear that you can see down 100 feet or more, making it a perfect place to practice scuba or just plain diving. The water tends to be a little bit chilly, but the summers in the desert are known to be hot and dry so it is a great place to cool off.