6 Sandy Beaches In Colorado You Probably Didn’t Know Exist

Not only do we have the beautiful Rocky Mountains to explore. We also have some amazing shorelines you must see for yourself.

Ridgway State Park

28555 US-550, Ridgway, CO 81432

15 miles south of Montrose on Highway 50, offers a large sandy beach located in a protected cove so the water stays calm and warms up nicely. There’s playground equipment nearby, so it’s great for kids — and a volleyball net is always ready for some adult or family action.

Boulder Reservoir

1776 6th St
Boulder, CO

Jackson Lake State Park

26363 Country Road 3, Orchard, CO 80649

Jackson Lake is ranked one of the “Top 15 Park Beaches” by Reserve America. Anglers, boaters, or naturalists realizing there’s too much fun for just one day enjoy the variety of water or land based recreational facilities found here.

Grand Lake

1026 Park Avenue
Grand Lake, CO 80447

At the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park sits the historic town of Grand Lake, Colorado. It is a town where one steps back into time, where the store owners proudly manage their businesses, and greet visitors every day from their western boardwalk storefronts.

Chatfield State Park

11500 Roxborough Park Rd, Littleton, CO 80125

Float your boat in the lake, bicycle or hike on a trail that provides scenic views of the neighboring foothills and Platte River valley,  camp, ride a horse and even fly a model airplane – all at Chatfield State Park, nestled next to the foothills southwest of Denver.

Blue Mesa Reservoir

Blue Mesa Reservoir is one of Colorado’s must see destinations. It is located in Western Colorado near the town of Gunnison. Blue Mesa is Colorado’s largest lake being twenty miles long with 96 miles of shoreline.

355 comments
Roxann Romano-Soper
Roxann Romano-Soper

Wellington lake outside of Bailey has a sandy beach and so does horse tooth resivouir

Laura Cox
Laura Cox

These aren't beaches \U0001f633

Nikki Rice
Nikki Rice

Shayne Matthew lets go to one of these one day!

Jenny Villegas
Jenny Villegas

I grew up in Colorado, and I love Colorado. But let's get real here. Colorado does not have beaches. Stop playing. That's just mean. Lol \U0001f602

Marie Wiggins
Marie Wiggins

We have many many beautiful places but um ya ...

Blanca Palacios
Blanca Palacios

Guyysssssss Yleimee Barraza Mayte Gritzel Celerino Bañuelos Wolf Gonzalez Erik-Jenny Palacios

Ilona Callaghan
Ilona Callaghan

Yes,Colorado kicks floridas but.....no gators to fear yay

Bobby Putnam
Bobby Putnam

You don't have beaches JP, stop trying to kid yourself!

Maria G Gutierrez
Maria G Gutierrez

Vicky G Juarez Mirta Vasquez And we spend most of our time indoors... \U0001f60e\U0001f3d6\U0001f3ca\U0001f3d0

Marie Wiggins
Marie Wiggins

Oh ya gotta get out there, hunny! \U0001f44d\U0001f3fc\U0001f60a

Betty Newman-Scott
Betty Newman-Scott

We have beautiful Mnts. Beaches,boating lots of fun on or in the water\U0001f4a6\U0001f603

Marie Wiggins
Marie Wiggins

Before the angry comments appear ... I love Colorado but we don't have sand .. We have GRAVEL. Huge difference ... Js

Marie Wiggins
Marie Wiggins

Oh I know about the great sand dunes I grew up here.

Frank Martines
Frank Martines

Oh we have sand.... lots of it! You would be surprised... not to mention we have some of the largest sand dunes in the United States. The Great Sand Dunes National Park...

Hailey Samson
Hailey Samson

Tracy Galanto look! we do have beaches!! Sabrina Apodaca

AmberHines
AmberHines

Fantastic post. I can hardly wait for the 2016 edition of "10 Colorado Roads You'll Spend 90% of Your Life On".

Kathy Deleon
Kathy Deleon

Oh yeah, now there can be ten times more peole there and not an inch of sand to be found.

Erika du Bois
Erika du Bois

Theres no way I'd set foot in those lakes because they allow motorized vehicles in them. Don't wanna swim in oil and gasoline poluted waters thx anyway.

Kathy Mann
Kathy Mann

Jan Pope Harris. We have "beaches" here!!!

Natalie Kar Marino
Natalie Kar Marino

Ha ha ha they are either so high up you freeze your ass off, so polluted I wouldn't put my feet in, or too damn far away! I'm from Denver!

G F'n Wheel
G F'n Wheel

Celia Loud - maybe there's a beach to camp by

Marlene Rocha Sweeney
Marlene Rocha Sweeney

Come on Shannon, you know better than to think these are sandy beaches!!!\U0001f60a

Rachael Dee
Rachael Dee

Mallory Jean we have been to the one in the pic \U0001f603\U0001f44d

Tory Stubby
Tory Stubby

Now that it's advertised these "sandy" beaches will be overcrowded with all of the new people that are here. Have fun stepping in rocks and please keep advertising our famous comfortable beaches and nice warm water.

Garry Nelson
Garry Nelson

I wish. Don't even have a beech tree close to us. LOL

Marie Wiggins
Marie Wiggins

Lake Mcconaughey isn't that far into Nebraska n it has real sand n gorgeous water

Hale Matt
Hale Matt

Kristen Haley you said you wanted a beach

Cheryle Glass
Cheryle Glass

Notice no people in Blue Mesa, they would be icicles. Great to have a beach but getting in the water is nice too.

Selene Mercado
Selene Mercado

Jackson is awesome! This is our camping spot! Right next to water! Perfect for WaveRunners!

Marie Wiggins
Marie Wiggins

But ya we start down here like Jackson n Boyd then work our way up the hills as it gets warmer n drier

Selene Mercado
Selene Mercado

We did too! Lol! But June July August is perfect there.

Marie Wiggins
Marie Wiggins

Selene Mercado really? Hmmm maybe we'll try again

Selene Mercado
Selene Mercado

Marie Wiggins yes last year September was bad but before was perfect!

Selene Mercado
Selene Mercado

We like going there because it's a big lake and doesn't get as crowded as places like cherry creek.