Places To Swim In And Around Denver

There are plenty of places to beat the heat during the summertime.

Whether you like to keep things close to home with a dip in a local pool or prefer to go off the beaten path with a trip to the lake, there are tons of swimming spots around to meet your needs. Check out the list, then grab some friends and head out! Just don't forget the sunscreen.

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Chatfield Reservoir

11497 Roxborough Park Rd. - Littleton

This beautiful park is ideal for families, groups and individuals. It features a full-service marina, an off-leash dog walking area and beach, a swim beach and a concession stand. For just $10 a day per car, you can enjoy all Chatfield has to offer!

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Boulder Creek

101 Arapahoe Ave. - Boulder

We wouldn’t call it a lazy river but you should definitely still bring your tube. Follow the trail along the creek to pick a spot, set up a hammock and have yourself a day. Legend has it there's a secret rope swing somewhere along the creek, too!

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Water World

8801 N Pecos St. - Federal Heights

Occupying about 70 acres of land, Water World boasts the title of one of the largest water theme parks in the U.S.! Head up north to Federal Heights to check out the park's 52 attractions, including water slides, lazy rivers, and much more! Rent a cabana or bungalow to upgrade your experience, or just show up and have a great time. Don’t forget to stop by their famous Screamin’ Mimi ride!

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Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

2000 Elitch Cir. - Denver

From thrill rides to water slides, Elitch Gardens provides entertainment for the entire family. Take the day to enjoy some of its exciting rollercoasters, then cool down at the water park. There is always something to do at Elitch, and make sure you check out the 75-foot tall Splashdown ride!

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Cherry Creek State Park

4201 S. Parker Rd. - Aurora

With a sandy beach and a roped-off swimming area, this park is a great place to cool off during the summer heat. Bring your dog too, there's an off-leash beach! You won't want to miss out on the views for only $11 a day per car.

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Grand Lake

Grand County - Colorado

Located just two hours outside of Denver, Grand Lake is the biggest and deepest natural lake in Colorado. Being a mile long and wide, it has plenty of room for boats and a public dock. 

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Denver Pools

Looking to stay in the city? Denver Parks & Recreation offers a variety of aquatic activities for all ages and abilities. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a novice, they have the equipment and expertise to help you reach your goals. For just $4 a day, you can visit any of Denver’s 16 outdoor pools, opening for the season on June 9th. Check the list of pools and find hours here!

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MCA Pools

Central Park Neighborhood

The MCA is a set of seven outdoor swimming pools in the Central Park Neighborhood. These public pools are $10 a day for non-members on weekdays and $10 a day for non-members on the weekend. Here you can find bathrooms, showers and changing facilities, as well as barbecue and picnic areas. Find the one nearest to you here!

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Horsetooth Reservoir

4200 W. County Rd 38 E. - Fort Collins

Six and a half miles of water and 1,900 acres of public lands await you at Horsetooth Reservoir. There's no limit to what you can get into at the reservoir: fishing, boating, camping, picnicking, swimming and water skiing are just a few of your options. It'll only cost $10 per car to spend the day at Horsetooth.

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Cottonwood Lake

2840 Kachina Dr. - Pueblo

At Cottonwood Lake, you'll find a spot that is surrounded by rolling hills and stunningly tall aspen trees. It's a great place to not only hike and swim, but if you plan ahead, you can get a camping site so that you can make a weekend of it! For only $20 a night, you can bring two cars or an RV to set up and enjoy all the beauty this lake has to offer.

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Blue Mesa Reservoir 

Gunnison - Colorado

Take your lake day to the next level at Colorado's largest body of water. Blue Mesa Reservoir has over 96 miles of shoreline and allows for all sorts of activities. Whether you love to swim, boat or stand up paddleboard, Blue Mesa Reservoir has it all.

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Denver Splash Pads

Splash pads are family-friendly, budget-friendly and just a plain fun way to cool off during the summer. There are plenty of them to check out all around Denver, but here are a few of our favorites:

  • Barnum Water Park (360 Hooker St.)
  • Beeler Park Plaza (Beeler Ct & 57th Ave.)
  • H2Odyssey Fountains (West of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science)
  • Midtown Home Platte Park (6680-6698 Larsh Dr.)
  • Union Station Wynkoop Plaza (1701 Wynkoop St.)

Now that you know where to take a dip, head to our Discover Denver page for more of the best Denver has to offer!