Mormon Lake is sometimes the largest natural lake in Arizona. However it takes a little ingredient called “water”. Most of the time, Mormon Lake is very small and mostly marsh. However, it is still one of my favorite places to escape the Phoenix summers.

This photo of Mormon Lake was shot during a weekend trip to visit my wife’s parents who summer here. We had just returned from a small afternoon ride to Ashurst Lake and were on our way to dinner at Mormon Lake Lodge when this fascinating sunset began above us. I pulled into the little viewpoint off Lake Mary Road and took in this beautiful sight.

Water or no water, Mormon Lake is a great place to visit and always beautiful.