13 Best Lazy Rivers in Arizona to Cool Off in This Summer

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Being lazy often gets a bad rap, but there’s something to be said for enjoying a lazy day to beat the summertime heat in Arizona. Since Arizona doesn’t enjoy an oceanside location with all of the beaches that come with it, locals and tourists here rely on hotels with refreshing pools and fun-filled waterparks to cool off. So, embrace your lazy side and the heat of summer, because these are the top lazy rivers in Arizona.

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Tucson
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, Tucson

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa is one of the top hotels in Tucson, beloved for its lazy river. Overall, the resort has a multi-level pool, lazy river, and water slide to go with its spacious rooms and upscale suites. Guests who stay here love the nightly tequila toasts and being able to hike and bike the trails that start right at the resort. You can even book a room with a view of the lazy river with one king or two queen beds for a fun and festive view.

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak, Phoenix
Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak, Phoenix

Phoenix is full of top attractions to enjoy in summer, but the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort’s water park beats them all. It has a half-mile lazy river if you want to sit and relax in a tube, as well as a 130-foot water slide and a full four-acre water park. Onsite you’ll also find an 18-hole mini-golf course and four tennis courts to keep you entertained, as well as a kids’ activity camp. Take your pick among the one-room suites and one and two-bedroom casitas to experience this lazy river for yourself. The resort is along the Phoenix North Mountain Preserves and close to Scottsdale and the airport.

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Phoenix
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, Phoenix

A top Phoenix resort with a water park and lazy river is the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. The water park is reserved for resort guests only and has a river that’s perfect for tubing, as well as a gigantic wave pool, an eight-story tower with three water slides, and a 25-person hot tub. The Zuni River, which is what this lazy river is called,  is the only side-by-side active river that works for double inner tubing in the Valley.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

One of the best resorts in the U.S. with a lazy river, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa also offers guests a great way to be lazy and stay cool with its 900-foot winding lazy river. The resort’s water park also has a 100-foot-long water slide, the Kierland FlowRider, and a kids’ splash pad. The lazy river here is open unless the weather is supposed to be 60 degrees or colder – not a problem during an Arizona summer! Adults can also relax in the Aguamiel Pool, which is a quiet pool for adults that are open 24 hours a day. Stay here to be in the heart of “New Scottsdale.”

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix

If you can only make it out to one lazy river this summer, the one at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix is a great pick. The lazy river here winds around the resort’s beautiful property and is perfect for relaxing in the outdoors. There are actually five pools at this resort, and the others are the Wildfire Pool, Mesa Pool, Sidewinder, and the Revive Spa adult lap pool. Water lovers enjoy this resort because there’s also a water slide and kids’ splash pad.

Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes, Tempe
Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes

Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes, Tempe

The Phoenix Marriott Resort Tempe at The Buttes has a nice little lazy river tunnel between two pools that’s perfect for relaxing in the water. Although it’s not as long of a “river” as some of the other resort pools on this list, this is still a great water feature at a top-notch resort. There are two crystal-clear pools here with a water slide, four tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, and hiking trails. Relax in the water and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the hillside butte and desert sunsets. This hotel is only three miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Great Wolf Lodge, Scottsdale
Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge, Scottsdale

Crooked Creek is the name of the lazy river at the Great Wolf Lodge in Scottsdale, Arizona, and this is a fun way to enjoy the water with your family. The water is three feet deep here, and you can choose to float in a tube or get out and swim or walk through the river. It’s relaxing to be in the gentle current and float along for as long as you like. Guests may only travel in the direction of the current for safety reasons, and rough play, running, and diving are not permitted. It’s also not allowed to have food or beverages while you are in the lazy river or around its edge. Other fun water park features at the lodge include a multi-level treehouse, wave pool, water slides, and an adults-only hot tub area.

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

While not quite as defined as a “river,” the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa has a lazy river feature and a great bar right next to the pool. This is an award-winning Paradise Valley resort that’s perfect for a golf or spa destination. The outdoor pools here are heated, the 32,000-square-foot spa has a lap pool, and some of the large casitas and suites have their very own private pools. This is a great place to kick back to relax and enjoy the desert scenery. The resort also offers complimentary shuttle service to two 18-hole championship golf courses and offers easy access to garden terraces, desert trails, and lush grounds.

Waylon’s Water World, Yuma
Waylon’s Water World

Waylon’s Water World, Yuma

Although this lazy river isn’t inside a resort like the others on this list, it still deserves mention because of its ideal location in hot and sunny Yuma, Arizona. Waylon’s Water World has over 15 water slides and pools that are designed for both kids and adults. The water park features an 850-foot lazy river that’s perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. You can grab a beverage and float in bliss on a clear tube. Other fun water features here are the Big Bowl, Mat Racer, and Syd’s Zone for young kids. There’s also a toddler area, snack shop, tables with umbrellas to get some shade, and private cabanas available for rent.

Chandler Aquatics, Chandler
So many fun ways to play here

Chandler Aquatics, Chandler

Just a few years ago, Chandler Aquatics won the Best of Aquatics Award from Aquatics International because of its community outreach efforts during Drowning Impact Awareness Month. Not only is this a safe pool to visit, but it’s also a really fun one with a lazy river, spray and splash pads, and quality programs. Take a float on an inner tube to enjoy the lazy river and then check out some of the programs offered, such as aquafit classes, lap swim hours, adult group practice, and year-round swim lessons in the heated pool.

Golfland Sunsplash, Mesa
Golfland Sunsplash

Golfland Sunsplash, Mesa

When you’re looking for a lazy river, you can also head to Golfland Sunsplash, which has lots of attractions to enjoy. This is a popular spot for birthday parties and teambuilding events, as well as for lots of family fun in Arizona because there are more than 30 rides and attractions onsite. It’s located in Mesa, which is just outside of Phoenix. In addition to the lazy river, you’ll also find mini-golf, an arcade, laser tag, bumper boats, a splash pad, water slides, a wave pool, and more.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix, Glendale
Hurricane Harbor Phoenix

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix, Glendale

Families in Arizona also love going to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor when they want to cool off and have a great time to beat the heat. At this Six Flags location, there is an Adventure River, which is a mild water attraction that welcomes adults and kids of all ages and heights. Kids under 42 inches tall need to wear a life jacket while on the lazy river, however. When the lazy river is operating, it runs from noon to 8pm or whenever the park closes that day. You no longer need to use a tube to experience the river, which features waterfalls, fast-flowing water, and tipping buckets.

Mesa Aquatic Complex, Mesa
A fun place to learn and play in the water

Mesa Aquatic Complex, Mesa

At the Mesa Aquatic Complex, you’ll find a lazy river and many other features that are fun to enjoy with your family. Some of these other features are the diving boards, lap lanes, vortex pool, tumble bucket water feature, shade structures, turf area, and zero-depth entry area. Check the Mesa Parks and Recreation website for updates about open days and times.

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