Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Utah

Ready to check out the best sites in Utah for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 12 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Utah to suit your needs.
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Homestead Crater

#1 - Homestead Crater

Utah, USA West

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An old hot spring provides a fun and inexpensive dive for beginners and advanced alike. It is a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock that nature has hollowed out and filled with 90' to 96' crystal-clear mineral water. The Homestead Crater is the only warm water scuba diving destination in the continental US and it attracts many diving enthusiasts and those wishing to get certified in a comfortable environment. The hole in the top of the dome lets in light while keeping in the heat. You can dive this year-round and it is a popular place for scuba classes and in-water certification. Homestead Crater is located in Midway, Utah, just outside Park City.
Blue Lakes

#2 - Blue Lakes

Utah, USA West

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Blue Lake is a large spring-fed pond out in the wilderness of the Utah-Nevada border (about 20 miles south of Wendover). The warm spring water keeps the lake open to diving year-round. Blue Lake is known for excellent visibility, Blue Lake's water is slightly salty to the taste and light blue in color. Surface water temperature is around 78 degrees in mid-summer. Near the bottom, the temperature increases to 83. (Winter surface temperature is around 69.) There is no thermocline. Depth is 55 feet, with "boiling silt" at the bottom where water comes up from the springs. Visibility is 15-25 feet. Silt is easily stirred up by divers on the bottom. Friendly fish, and warm water. Altitude is around 4,300 feet. Parking area GPS is N 40 30.107' W 114 02.161'. There are several underwater sculptures to find on the bottom of this lake. You can also find two small boat wrecks. The lake covers several acres, and is deep enough to be a good refresher for deeper water dives on the ocean. Blue Lake is a large spring-fed pond out in the wilderness of the Utah-Nevada border (about 20 miles south of Wendover). Parking area GPS is N 40 30.107' W 114 02.161'.
Bonneville Sea Base

#3 - Bonneville Sea Base

Utah, USA West

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Three separate bays connected by channels. Great for seeing sea life away from the ocean. (Angels, Groupers, Sharks (Nurse), Tangs, Puffers, Jacks, Bats, Monos, Scats, Damsels.) Snorkel and Scuba, deepest bay is 62 ft. boat wreck and compass training. water temp is 70-90 degrees depending on depth and time of year. http://www.seabase.net/ From Salt Lake City, go West on I-80 to exit 84 (look for the Morton Salt Plant). Turn left onto the frontage road at the stop-sign, then take the second left under the freeway onto Highway 138 (towards Grantsville). Go South on Hwy. 138 for five miles. Sea base is on the left (East) side of the road.
Cisco Beach

#4 - Cisco Beach

USA, Utah

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This is an OK site for training. The entry is shallow at first and then drops off at a fast rate to a wall. To the south is a small wreck to see. The site is mostly used for training. To the South is a BSA Aquatic camp where diving is part of the activities. Take the Bear Lake State Park road from Lake Town, Utah. Access from shore is over rocks to the rocky beach.
Sand hollow reservoir

#5 - Sand hollow reservoir

USA, Utah

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Sand Hollow State Park, Hurricane, UT.
Strawberry - Mud Creek

#6 - Strawberry - Mud Creek

USA, Utah

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Interesting dive - very dense freshwater plants growing up in large clumps from the bottom to the surface - much like kelp. I believe its blatterwort. You literally have to find channels threw it which is a really cool experience. On the bottom are more crawfish than you can count, everywhere. Very shallow, great for buoyancy practice. Bottom is extremely soft mud, but due to all the plants little silting with dense root systems. Gradually gets deeper as you make your way out of the very protected lagoon. Usually the warmest part of the lake since its shallow and warms more easily. Name is a misnomer - yes very soft mud bottom but surprisingly clear though heavy alga concentration. Good amount of fish too.
Deer Creek - Rainbow Landing

#7 - Deer Creek - Rainbow Landing

USA, Utah

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Easy dive area, shallow lagoon. Bottom is mostly mud, some brush. Access varies depending how high the res is. Vis is usually pretty poor with a fair amount of algae. Nice area to practice; dry suit, navigation. Altitude dive, over 5,000'. More information http://www.utahdiving.com/deercrek.htm
Deer Creek - Sailboat Beach

#8 - Deer Creek - Sailboat Beach

USA, Utah

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Beach dive moderate slope into lake bottom channel. Gets deeper naturally as you head towards the dam. Some fish. Several distinct ledges to follow at roughly 20', 50' and 80'. Topography underwater roughly follows that above water in that area. Bottom is soft and easily stirred, not a lot of vegetation. Altitude Dive, over 5,000'. More diving info - http://www.utahdiving.com/deercrek.htm
Deer Creek - North of Island

#9 - Deer Creek - North of Island

USA, Utah

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Gradually slopes out toward the lake, and depth here depends on the time of year and recent water trends (I have seen this place exposed before). Some downed trees and cage looking plant skeletons. Lots of rocks, a few small fish, and a few bottles/cans here and there. Not a whole lot to see. At 25 feet or so it gets fairly dark when a cloud blocks the sun. Towards the end of the dive the wind picked up pretty bad (35mph or so) and visibility dropped to around 2-3 feet and had to hold hands with buddy to navigate back toward entry point. A lot of boat traffic in this area, and despite a big yellow float and a flag I still had a Jet Ski shoot right over us twice! No noticeable thermocline while we were there. Water was about 65F and we were comfortable in 7mm wetsuits, no gloves or hoods. Parking area very near, walk in access.
Spanish Fork Reservoir

#10 - Spanish Fork Reservoir

USA, Utah

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Fairly new small reservoir, and pretty shallow (I was able to get a maximum reading of 16 feet). The reservoir collects tumbleweeds in the fall and winter, making for almost reef like structures. Some very large rocks and a few big logs. This lake has a lot of fish (mostly rainbow trout and albino's). Very close to Utah valley, great for training dives (Underwater Nav and Night Diving in particular). Can easily explore the majority of the place on a single tank. Just east of the parking lot, about 100 feet.
Belmont Hot Springs

#11 - Belmont Hot Springs

USA, Utah

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Camperworld Hot Springs 5600 W 19200 N, Garland, Utah 84312 Belmont Hot Springs is also known as Udy Hot Springs.
Bonneville Seabase

#12 - Bonneville Seabase

USA, Utah

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Anglefish, Butterfly Fish, Nurse Sharks