The 10 Best Places to Scuba Dive in Colorado

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The 10 Best Places to Scuba Dive in Colorado

Looking for the best scuba diving spots in Colorado? 

If you are looking for the best scuba diving spots in Colorado, then this is the blog post for you! I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite dive sites in the state so that when it’s time to plan your next trip out west, you’re all set.

Colorado has plenty of options for underwater exploration. Whether you’re looking to see what’s lurking at depths up to 100 feet or want something more shallow and easier-going, there are plenty of places that will meet your needs. From exploring shipwrecks, viewing marine life from below or simply enjoying an afternoon on the water with friends, these are numerous locations where divers can find their perfect spot!

Before you check out these spots, also have a look at Colorado scuba diving laws to ensure you’re up to scratch on the legalities when it comes to diver down flags, wreck diving and any prohibited activities.


1. Downtown Aquarium 

Address: 700 Water St, Denver, CO, 80211

If you want a place to dive that is also a fun day out this place is perfect. It has a 4D theatre, restaurant and various animal meet and greets as well as the opportunity to dive.

With a maximum depth of 26-30ft this place is more about having a taste of scuba diving rather than having a challenging dive. Equipment is provided and there are airfills and bathrooms onsite as to be expected. 


2. Grand Lake

Address: Grand Lake, CO

This freshwater shore-accessible dive site is one of the most challenging dives on this list. With a maximum depth of over 150ft and the lake conditions changing depending on the month, this place is for advanced divers only. Luckily there is a picnic area and bathroom facilities nearby, amenities you will w


3. Turquoise Lake

Address: Leadville, CO, 80461

This freshwater dive site is a great place to go for a full day of diving. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, this site is the place to go to appreciate nature. This site has good viability and is a nice place to cool down and dive in when the weather gets hot. 


4. Aurora Reservoir

Address: 5800 S Powhaton Rd, Aurora, CO, 80012

If you are looking to dive between May and October this freshwater shore accessible dive site is the place to go. The maximum depth is 41-50ft the ideal training depth.

You may see some small sea life at this site, but the sunken plane will probably be the main attraction. 


5. Lake Pueblo

Address: Lake Pueblo State Park, CO, 81007

This freshwater shore-accessible dive site has a maximum depth of 36-40ft, so will be best suited to dives who are trying to advance from being a beginner. Clams, trout, and bass have been spotted at this site as well as bits of rubble and sunken trees. 


6. Carter Lake

Address: 6800 CR8-E, Berthoud, CO, 80513

This freshwater shore-accessible dive site is perfect for advanced divers looking for a challenge. With a maximum depth of 150ft, this site is not an easy dive. It’s open all year round and offers opportunities to camp here in exchange for a fee. 


7. Blue Mesa Reservoir 

Address: Gunnison County, CO

Blue Mesa Reservoir is Colorado’s largest body of water with a surface area of 9,180 acres. Between May and September, the reservoir is at its best to scuba dive in. 


8. Pacific Tarn Lake 

Address: Breckenridge, CO

If you want a challenge before you even start scuba diving, then this site is for you. Being the highest known lake in the USA at 13,420ft, this site requires quite the climb to reach. It is a freshwater shore-accessible dive site with a maximum depth of 21-25ft. 


9. Chatfield Pond

Address: Littleton, CO, 80126

If you’re a real beginner and haven’t yet ventured into open water or you are looking for a great training site this freshwater shore accessible dive site is perfect. It only has a maximum depth of 31-35ft so is as safe as open water can be for beginners. 


10. Jefferson Lake

Address: Jefferson, CO

This freshwater sore accessible dive site only has a maximum depth of 26-30ft, so is more suited to beginners. However, this site is a popular fishing site, so you need to know how to dodge fishing nets and hooks to be able to swim safely here. 


So, I hope that this article has given you some inspiration to venture out and explore the best scuba diving spots in this great state. If you’re still not convinced about what a great place it is for underwater exploration, then check out my USA scuba diving section for diving laws or take a look at some of the other best places around the country. How awesome is scuba diving!?