We have a confession to make, we love swimming holes. You should skip out on the pool and try this hidden swimming hole in Arizona. It has some of the clearest water around!
Located in the red rock canyon of Arizona's Coconino National Forest, Wet Beaver Creek, is secluded and hidden amongst the forest and canyon. You can reach this desert oasis by using Bell Trail No. 13. The best part is that the trail is available year-round and the hike is about 7-miles roundtrip.
Besides swimming, you can also fish, and bird-watch. You might even see lots of trout while gazing into the clear water. The trail is pet-friendly, as long as they remain on a leash. This creek is also known as "The Crack" due to its location.
You can't camp or have campfires on this trail, but you can picnic at the Beaver Creek Picnic site. The small picnic area is free, but the large one is only $10 for the entire day.
There's a well-marked parking lot available at the Bell Trailhead, and there's no fee or permit needed! On cooler days the parking lot can fill up fast so plan ahead.
Bell Trail is also great for horseback riding, and it's off-limits to mechanical vehicles like mountain bikes.
If you're looking for a serene swimming hole away from the bustling city, Wet Beaver Creek is the place where you can wind down and escape the desert heat.
Wet Beaver Wilderness
Price: Free (no red rock pass $5 required)
Location: Coconino National Forest near Sedona, Az
Why you should go: This swimming hole is the perfect place to go when you want to escape city life. You can bring your furry friend along and enjoy the beautiful creek after your hike.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.