Ten ways to get wet this summer
Sure, Colorado is landlocked -- but that doesn't mean you have to spend your summer high and dry in the sweltering, 90-plus degree heat. We don't have an ocean, but there are rivers, reservoirs, pools, water parks and many more places where you can immerse yourself this summer. So dig out that Speedo, find your lifejacket, smear on the SPF and go get wet. In absolutely no order, here are ten of the many, many ways to do just that.
Confluence Park: A river runs through it.
Build Your Own Boat Race
Photo courtesy of Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival Facebook page.
Saturday, June 22, 5 p.m., $25-$30
Cañon City, Centennial Park boat ramp
Whatever floats your boat! The Build Your Own Boat Race has been a tradition in Cañon City for more than a decade. ByOB racers -- all teams of three to five -- depart from the Centennial Park boat ramp in homemade vessels and furiously paddle down the river, hoping their "boat" doesn't sink along the way. Not permitted: commercial rafts, raft parts, hulls of canoes or kayaks; motors of any kind; unsportsmanlike conduct.
Denver's 16 Public Outdoor Pools
Denver Parks and Recreation Facebook page.
Early June through mid-August
$1 drop-in fee for kids up to age 17; $3 for adults 18 to 24; $3.50 for adults 25 and over. Season passes available.
Blow up your water wings and make a splash in one of the sixteen outdoor pools around the city operated by the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation. Your options include lap pools, therapy pools and children's spraygrounds; swim lessons and aqua-fitness classes are available for an extra fee. Each pool's schedule and hours of operation can be found on the city's website.
The Drenched 5K
Photo courtesy of The Drenched 5k Facebook page.
Saturday, August 3, $40-$55
Billed as the "coolest" event of the summer, the Drenched 5K isn't your typical fun run. After running "hot" for the first mile, racers enter the "drenched" zone, where they are sprayed with fire hoses, water guns, buckets of ice water and sprinklers for the last two miles -- until they reach the 75-foot slip 'n' slide that sends them to the finish line, where a massive water-balloon fight is encouraged. The young, old, fast and slow are all welcome to participate; a portion of the proceeds goes to help local firefighters.
Pontoon boats on Lake Dillon
Photo courtesy of Lake Dillon Marina.
Memorial Day through Labor Day, $135 (two-hour rental)
Lake Dillon Marina, 150 Marina Drive, Dillon
Wrangle up a group of friends and head for the hills. The Lake Dillon Marina offers pontoon-boat rentals in two sizes for leisurely cruises on the water while you take in those great Rocky Mountain views. Grills, sailboats and speedboats are also available to rent -- but everything books quickly, so call in advance. And fair warning: Fuel is not included in the rental prices.