The Best Public Swimming Pools in Colorado

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The state of Colorado has an array of both indoor and outdoor public swimming pools, which provide the ideal location for the health-conscious individual to get a workout. Because of the state's geography, many of the public swimming pools are fed by underwater mineral springs.

Best Hot Spring Pool

Rated as the Best Hot Spring by Denver’s Westword, the pools at Hot Sulphur Spring Resorts are fed by seven natural springs. This facility features 21 all-natural mineral pools. Hot Sulphur Springs has both indoor and outdoor pools and the temperatures range from 95 degrees Fahrenheit to a toasty 112 degrees. Due to the natural mineral nature of the waters feeding the pools, the water is filled with sulfate, sodium and magnesium. According to the Resort’s website, all of these minerals are beneficial for your skin. As of 2010, it cost $17.50 per day to play in these pools.

Top Rated Fodor’s Pool

Fodor’s Travel rated the Glenwood Hot Springs pool as one of the best hotel pools in the United States. Luckily this pool is not reserved only for hotel guests; the pool is also open to the public. The large pool is kept at a pleasant 90 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit year round and is approximately two city blocks in length. This pool has dedicated lap lanes and a diving pool. In addition to the big pool, there also is a therapeutic pool that is kept at 104 degrees. As of 2010, access to the pool cost between $9.25 and $18.25 depending on time of day and age. Children under the age of 2 are free.

Largest Pool

The Salida Aquatic Center is the largest indoor hot spring pool facility in the state of Colorado. This center features a 25-meter six-lane lap pool and a smaller children’s pool that features a zero-depth entrance. The pool is fed by hot springs water from the Rocky Mountains. The pool always has at least two lanes dedicated to lap swimming and the facility offers swimming lessons. This pool is open to the public and as of 2010 cost $11 for adults, $5 for youth and $3 for children. The center offers a discounted lap swimming rate, which is $5.

Best Westword Public Pool

The Wheat Ridge Recreation Center was voted as the Best Public Swimming Pool in Colorado by the Denver Westword. This recreation center features a 25-yard eight-lane competition swimming pool. At the deep end of the competition swimming pool is a diving well. Next to the competition pool is a leisure pool with a 120-foot water slide and lazy river. The pool also has a sauna, whirlpool and steam room. For guests who are not residents of Wheat Ridge or Jefferson County, the pool cost $6.50 for adults, $6 for youth and $4.50 for children as of 2010. Kids under the age of 2 can enter for free.

Best Denver Post Pool

Located in Golden, Colorado is Splash Aquatic Park, which is rated as one of the best swimming pools around Denver by the Denver Post. This aquatic park features a 25-meter eight-lane lap pool that is designed for competition with blocks and a diving board. The lap pool is handicap accessible. In addition to the competition pool, there is a full aquatic park with multiple slides, fountains, a sand area and wading area. As of 2010, the pool costs $9 for non-Jefferson or Golden residents, $7.50 for youth, $4.50 for children and kids under 2 years old are free.