With rare exceptions involving heavy, sediment-carrying rains, you won’t be disappointed by this lake’s nickname. The “Caribbean of the Rockies,” Bear Lake boasts a vibrant turquoise hue most of the time. This is one of Utah’s premier recreational lakes with plenty of opportunities for jet skiing, boating, fishing, swimming, and beaches. Skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing are popular wintertime substitutes. Apart from the lake itself, one of the best parts about this spot is its proximity to beautiful mountain and canyon views. Your family can enjoy the traditional lake experience they’ve come to expect, while adding in legitimate mountains and for a fraction of the cost of the more well-known spots in central and southern Utah.