Colorado's Outdoor and Indoor Water Parks

Looking for Water Slides and Watery Fun?

Jet Stream slide at Water World Colorado
Water World

It can get mighty hot in the summer in Colorado. That's when folks flock to the state's outdoor water parks seeking some relief -- as well as fun. But racing down water slides is no longer an exclusive summer activity. With the introduction of indoor water parks, there are now climate-controlled, weatherproof facilities that offer year-round watery fun in the state.

Let's review Colorado's water parks.

The state's parks are arranged alphabetically.

APEX Center
Indoor water park

The small park offers 23,000 square feet of attractions, including two 150' slides, an indoor water playground with fountains, dump buckets and slides, a four-lane lap pool, and whirlpools. The center also includes a rock climbing wall, ice rinks, a fitness center, and other activities.

Elitch Gardens Island Kingdom
Outdoor water park

Included with admission to the amusement park, Elitch's water park offers a great complement of attractions, including speed slides, the thrilling SlideZilla bowl/half-pipe wave combo ride, a wave pool, lazy river, family raft ride, and play area for young children.

Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge
Glenwood Springs
Outdoor water park

It's not really a water park, although it does include a couple of water slides. The real attraction here is the world's largest hot springs pool.

Great Wolf Lodge
Colorado Springs
Indoor water park resort

Part of the chain of indoor water park resorts, the park is open to registered guests of the hotel. (Day passes for the general public are not available.) The park includes more than 50,000 square feet of attractions including a funnel ride, a launch capsule water slide, mat- racing slides, and an interactive water play center with a tipping bucket.


Pirates Cove
Outdoor water park

Relatively small municipal facility with activity pool, water slides, lazy river, spray garden, and competition pool.

Splash Water Park
Outdoor water park

Small municipal facility with activity pool, water slides, spray fountain, wet sand play area, and lap pool.

Water World Colorado
Federal Heights (near Denver)
Outdoor water park

Water World is recognized as one of the country's oldest and best water parks. It is enormous and loaded with attractions such as a surfing ride, a water coaster, bowl rides, family raft rides, tube slides, body slides, speed slides, lazy river, wave pool, interactive water play structure with tipping bucket, activity pool, and kiddie play areas.

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