Photos: Top ten Colorado places to stay cool in a heat wave

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Yesterday was a record-setting scorcher, and the forecasts we've seen predict temps in the nineties (with a few high eighties thrown in) for the next week or so.

How to avoid melting? Last year, during a similar heat wave, we turned to our Best of Denver archive, which features more than twenty years' worth of great ideas about pretty much everything under the sun at its most blazing. We picked our ten favorite wet and wild recommendations, and they're still just as cool and refreshing. Check them out below.

Number 10: Soda Lakes Water Ski School

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Club Soda at Soda Lakes

Just off C-470 at Morrison Road are two bodies of water: the Soda Lakes. The larger one is open to all manner of water activities, such as wind surfing and kayaking, but the smaller lake is reserved for one activity: water skiing lessons. You can rent skis, towrope, life jackets, lessons and a guy with a boat to tow you around. Chuck Blood is the guy with the boat and the proprietor/instructor of the school; his ski school is a real liquid asset in this land-locked state.

Best Water-Skiing School -- 2001

Number 9: Pirates Cove Family Aquatics Park

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Pirates Cover Family Aquatic Park
Ahoy, mateys! When the season fer swimmin' the briny deep's upon us, get ye down to Englewood, where the Jolly Roger flies o'er Pirates Cove. The City of Englewood water park, replete with three pools, debuted last summer to rave reviews by just about everyone, from the tots in swim diapers to swimmers with serious agendas, and no wonder: There are six lanes for lap swimmers, a lazy-river feature and a leisure pool with play islands, a super-soaking 750-gallon dump bucket (look out below, me buckos!), smoke-belching cannons, a spray park, slides and sound effects. Load up your towels, beach toys, sunscreen, flip-flops, peg legs and eye patches, and head for the pool.

Best Place to Walk the Plank -- 2005

Page down to see more of our top ten places to stay cool in Denver and beyond during a heat wave.



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16 comments
Brian McElvy
Brian McElvy

#1 Home watching the World Cup in the A/C. Yeah!

Danger Faustington
Danger Faustington

How in the world did Eldorado Springs Pool not make this list...??

Carl Hedin
Carl Hedin

I can't Share that, People would flock to it and ruin the pristine quiet surroundings . All I will say is its 126 miles from Denver and the water is perfect, the scenery is perfect, and only sound around is nature.

Aundra Thompson
Aundra Thompson

Cheryl Dial and Paul Thompson pirates cove is on the bucket list for sure

Don Finley
Don Finley

I dunno who told you guys that GF park was good for skinny dipping, or if you just made it up. Fact is GF park ie Montana City is a great place to take the kids gold panning for free. In the past 3 years we have gone there, never saw anyone swimming or skinny dipping but have seen folks finding gold there.

Ben Beeby
Ben Beeby

No Water World? I guess this is a Jeffco and mountains only list.

Colorado_Mack
Colorado_Mack

This is a terrible article.  We're talking about Colorado here. There are a million places that aren't rec centers or indoor water parks where you can go swim, cliff jump, take a dip in a freezing cold river located right next to a natural hot spring, etc.  Maybe you should leave the office and go explore a little bit.

YouKnowIt
YouKnowIt

You're really recommending a place so toxic as to tell us to keep our faces out of the water?  Gross.  Oh, but skinny dipping's ok... nothing to protect below the belt.

Erin Hess
Erin Hess

Stapleton has 4 pools, not 3... you're missing the Jet Stream ("inspired by the Hamptons," or so they claim).

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