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.
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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.
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.
Another Phoenix resort with a great 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, 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 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 from 9am to 7:30pm, 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’s open 24 hours a day. Stay here to be in the heart of “New Scottsdale.”
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 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. The lazy river is heated to 82 degrees year around. But the Sidewinder pool is 60 degrees and great for alternating between hot and cold water to aid joint and muscle recovery. Take a dip in the lazy river between 9am and 7pm daily. Or make a day out of it and rent one of the six poolside luxury cabanas with TVs, Wi-Di, and poolside service. Near the lazy river, you’ll also find a modern fitness center if you want to take a break from laziness for a workout.
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.
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.
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.