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You’ll be surprised to know that in the middle of the red rock desert of Greater Zion, paddleboarding is a viable activity, even providing a water adventure like you’ve never experienced before.

Three stunning bodies of water let you hop on a paddleboard and explore, whether you’re lying, kneeling, standing, or even doing yoga.

Where to go

Quail Creek State Park

Quail Creek is a secluded lake not far from I-15 that offers impressive views and beautiful, relaxing water on which to play. Paddleboarding in Quail Creek is an ideal way to explore its shores and work on your tan. Camp along the sandy shore or visit for the day.

Amenities: DIG Paddlesports for rentals and food, parking for large vehicles with boat trailers, bathrooms with running water, showers, boat launch and dock and RV dump station

Gunlock State Park

Hidden along the western reaches of Greater Zion, this reservoir is an oasis in the beautiful red rock desert. Calm water and interesting rock formations give paddleboarders a quality experience. Primitive camping spots are available, along with a rental outfit, all comfortably located right near the shore.

Amenities: DIG Paddlesports for paddleboard and kayak rentals, shade pavilions, bathrooms and boat launch and dock

Sand Hollow State Park

Sand Hollow is a large, man-made reservoir surrounded by leagues of orange sand and desert buttes that create a picturesque setting in which to paddle. This state park has camping options as well as a restaurant and rental shop.

Amenities: BASH restaurant and rental shop, parking for large vehicles with boat trailers, bathrooms with running water, showers, boat launch and dock and informative visitors center

Be Prepared

  • Use lots of sunscreen and bring along your own shade source
  • Be sure to bring plenty of drinking water; staying hydrated is key
  • Everyone needs a personal flotation device while paddleboarding


Whether you’re experienced or want to try something new, hook up with an outfitter below for all you need to see Greater Zion by board or for other water-based adventures like tubing, wakeboarding and water skiing or boating and jet skiing. Many of the rental options are lakeside and won’t require you to haul the board or other equipment to the lake.