Hot Springs Aquatic Center



General Information

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Wednesdays through May: closing at 7:30pm

***SPRING HOURS April 1-May 31, 2024***

  • Monday: 6am-1pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 6am-1pm and 4pm-8pm
  • Friday: 6am-8pm
  • Saturday: 10:30am-8pm
  • Sunday 12pm-6pm

*Please be aware that you may experience wait times as you arrive to the Aquatic Center due to capacity limits.



One of the largest indoor hot springs pools in the country, this is also the only publicly operated aquatic facility within 100 miles. Part of the City of Salida’s Parks and Recreation Department, this family-friendly environment features two hot spring pools filled with mineral-rich water.

The water is piped directly to the pools from underground springs eight miles away, as it has been for about 80 years. This building, pools and underground hot water transmission line were originally constructed as part of a 1937 Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) project that employed about 200 men during the Great Depression. 

Open swim times are held every afternoon (maximum 100 guests), while water fitness classes (over a dozen offered every week) are held most mornings. Join in on water yoga, adult-coached swim, Splash! fitness or even learn to roll and recover in a kayak. Its convenient location near lodging and restaurants makes even a quick dip an easy and welcome respite.

Lifeguards are on duty at the large 25-meter, six-lane Lap Pool that maintains a temperature of 82-84 degrees. The smaller Leisure Pool is kept at 97-100. Small, private soaking pools are also available.

There is an ADA-compliant lift that allows for easy access into either pool.  Each pool features a stepped entry with handrails to further ease entry.


Things to know for your enjoyment and safety:

  • Soap showers required before entering our pools: Code of Colorado Regulations - Water Quality Control Division 4.11 (1).
  • Food, drinks, and gum are permitted in the lobby area. Water only is permitted around the pool deck. No glass containers in the facility.
  • Concessions are available for purchase at the Front Desk.
  • Smoking devices (vaping), tobacco, drugs, alcohol and weapons are prohibited in the Center.
  • Service animals trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities are permitted. Comfort and emotional support animals and other pets are prohibited.
  • Children who are unable to pass the swim test (swim 25 meters on their fronts without stopping) must stay within arms reach of an adult in the water at all times.
  • There must be one adult per three non-swimmers in the water at all times.
  • Children ten years or older who can swim 25 meters without stopping may be left without adult supervision. 
  • Children 9 and under who pass the swim test must have an adult in the facility with them but not in the water.
  • Caregivers, ages 14 to 17, may bring children under age ten (who can swim 25 meters without stopping) to the pool with a note from the children’s parents. 
  • Swim diapers are required for small children who are not potty-trained or for people with incontinence.
  • Pool toys are allowed, but no hard balls of any kind. No helium balloons.
  • Kickboards and pull buoys are only to be used by lap swimmers swimming in the lap lanes.
  • Please respect and obey the lifeguards. If you have questions, please ask the lifeguard on deck.
  • Please be aware of and follow all posted Aquatic Center rules and guidelines.
  • Do not leave anything of value unattended in the locker rooms. Locker rentals are available for $2 or you may take your belongings out on deck with you. Wall hooks and cubbies are available your belongings.
  • We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Have fun!


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