Bernalillo County Swimming Pools

Dive Into Water Fun in the Albuquerque Area

••• Children splash in the water park feature at Los Padillas Aquatic Center. © Aileen O'Catherine

The Albuquerque area has a number of swimming pools open to the public. The county of Bernalillo operates one indoor pool, three outdoor pools, and a spray park. Some of the pools even offer free swim passes on a first-come, first-served basis while they last. If you're not in the mood for actually swimming, but still want to stay cool, the Alameda Spray Park is just one of several water parks in the Albuquerque area.

Summer pool programs include swim lessons, swim team competitions, and rentals for group events like birthday parties. The county's aquatic program offers senior water aerobics, water safety instruction, masters swimming classes, and Red Cross lifeguard training. All the county's pools and the Alameda Spray Park offer special discounts for kids, seniors, and veterans. Check Bernalillo County Pools for schedules and rates.

Indoor Pool in Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County operates one indoor swimming pool. The Rio Grande High School pool was totally rebuilt in 2015 to be safe for recreational and competitive swimmers. The pool meets standards for high school competitive swimming and accessibility requirements under the Americans With Disabilities Act. The pool offers lap swimming, water aerobics, a summer swim team, and swim lessons, as well as open recreational swimming. The pool is open daily year-round.

Outdoor Water Facilities in Bernalillo County

The Bernalillo County Aquatics Department operates three seasonal outdoor swimming pools and a water park:

  • Los Padillas Aquatic Center consists of a zero-depth pool that's great for kids of all ages to enjoy with a large water slide, a giant mushroom fountain, and other spray features. It also has a 25-yard lap pool that's five feet deep. There are shade tarps, picnic tables, and cement areas for laying out towels. 
  • Paradise Hills Pool and Water Slide is a 25-yard-long pool with a Kawabunga double-loop slalom water slide. It has six lanes across. There's a grassy area that is great for the kids to play on and ideal for birthday pool parties. Special times are set aside for adult lap swim. 
  • South Valley Pool has a grassy area for relaxing and playing, as well as a water slide, a baby pool, and a 25-yard-long swimming pool. The pool is open every afternoon for recreational swimming.
  • Alameda Spray Park is open daily and consists of large and colorful water structures that spray and cool the kids down. Nearby tables offer families and friends a place to relax.