The Beehive state is known for its lush desert regions dominated by orange sandstone and towering rock spires. White Pine Lake in Utah is home to gorgeous blue waters and alpine landscapes, offering a completely different feel to the desert state. It looks like something from Narnia and sits nestled in a rocky bowl elevated almost 10,000 feet above sea level. 

If you're looking for a little greenery and lush blue waters to change up your hikes, this spot should do the trick.

White Pine Lake sits in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. The steep hike is 9 miles round trip, but the work is worth the payout.

When you reach the lake, you'll see stunning turquoise water reserved for places like the Caribbean or Colorado's alpine waters.

Though you can't swim there, the lookout points around the bowl it sits in are fantastic for snapping some epic pictures of the crystal waves.

You can breathe in the incredibly fresh air and sit under towering pines while you take in the fabulous surroundings after your hike to the top.

The lake sits at almost 10,000 feet elevation, transporting you to an alpine paradise high up into the wilderness.

Along your trek, you'll glimpse lush meadows, jaw-dropping views, and even tiny streams running throughout the valley.

While the oranges and reds of the desert are a must-do in the state, this alpine paradise will whisk you away to rich pines and rippling blue waters.

To reach the trailhead, you can follow I-15 from Sandy, Utah, to exit 298. Take Highway 209 east for 6.9 miles to where it merges with Highway 210. This will take you to Little Cottonwood Canyon Road.

From there, you will drive 5.5 miles from the Y-junction toward the Snowbird Ski Resort.

You can let yourself be whisked away to a world of blue waters and green forests without ever setting foot outside of Utah.

White Pine Lake

Price: Free

Location: Latitude: 40.57242, Longitude: -111.69896

Why You Need To Go: You can visit this stunning blue lake tucked away into a rocky bowl high in the mountains.

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