Swimming is such a fantastic way to exercise, and soaking a great way to relax and unwind.  The water temperature in the soaking pool averages 97-100 degrees, while the water temperature in the lap pool averages 84-86 degrees. We offer exercise classes, including Aquacize, Arthritis Therapy, and Cardio Splash. There is lap swimming almost every day of the week. Please check here for days and times of classes and lap swimming. We offer swim lessons for all abilities and ages, plus stroke clinics for those wanting to perfect their strokes.

We also offer a wide variety of non-swimming activities.  Check out the Rec Guide or join us on Facebook to stay updated about all we have to offer!

The Salida Recreation Department is a small department with big dreams. Our dreams include expanding our recreational opportunities, providing more classes and events, and improving our existing facilities.

We want to hear from you about whatever may be on your mind regarding our programs and operations.  We have tried to make thoughtful changes and upgrades to the Aquatic Center and the Recreation Department. If you have a comment or question, we invite you call Theresa or Lanette at 539-6738 or use the contact form.

There is also a comment box in the lobby of the Aquatic Center. Comments will be reviewed, and someone will get back to you if requested.

Over the years, the Salida Recreation Department has developed many valued community partners including Go-To Guide, Heart of the Rockies Radio, High Country BankGuidestone Colorado, Articipate, Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, The Maverick PotterThe Mountain Mail, Boys and Girls Club of Chaffee County, Chaffee County Family and Youth InitiativesSalida Regional Library, Salida Mountain Trails, Salida Parks, Trails, and Open Space (SPOT), Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, Wilderness Expeditions, Monarch Ski Area and others. We could not provide many popular programs without these exceptional partners. We thank them for their years of assistance and participation.

We continue to look for further partnerships, as well as seek additional funding from grants and donations to help bolster our programming and keep participation costs low.

About the Salida Hot Springs Public Pools

Salida Hot Spring Aquatic Center
Aquatic Climbing Wall rises over the lap pool

The Salida Hot Springs Pool is the largest indoor hot springs facility in the country.  Our water is gathered from an underground springs eight miles up the road, high in the Rocky Mountains.  From there, it is piped directly to our pools through insulated pipeline, delivering fresh hot water continually.  This sparkling clear, odorless water was originally enjoyed by the area’s first inhabitants, the Ute Indians.  We now respect and enjoy this water for it natural refreshing and warming qualities.

The Salida Hot Springs Pool public facilities consist of a large 25 meter, 6 lane pool, and a smaller, hotter soaking and play pool.  The large pool dominates a large portion of the building, and at approximately 84° – 86°, this pool is delightful for swimming, diving and recreational play. Two lap lanes are usually available, with mornings set aside for several lanes of lap swimming in addition to fitness classes.

Zero-depth entry to our leisure pool for toddlers

The smaller pool has a zero-depth entry as well as a stair-entry, making it easily accessible.  The depth gradually increases to four feet, and the temperature ranges from approximately 97° – 100°.  These qualities makes this pool ideal for aqua-therapy, soaking, and young children.

ADA Compliant, Zero-depth pool entry

Additionally, 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.