Shallow Pool

Shallow Pool Highlights

This is our new shallow pool section and probably the most used by everyone. This section will have some new added features and hold 167,720 gallons of geothermal water. The new design greatly improves entry and a safe area to orient yourself as you explore the rest of the pools that are available here at the Ouray Hot Springs.

Shotcrete 02012017 (2)Along with the curvy walls and seating around the perimeter it will have in-water lighting to improve visibility for swimmers and warm water flow throughout. All of our lighting features will be easily adjustable to accommodate for changing conditions. The temperatures will vary by season, peak season will range from 90 to 95 degrees and in the off season 95 to 98 degrees. The depths will vary in this section as well.  The west and north ends will range from 30″ to 36″, which will be nice for family soaking and toddler swim lessons. The east end will be 42″ and will have a shade structure for those extra sunny summer days. Below is a picture of a light fixture.

LightsThe shallow pool will also have a handicap ramp near the center of the bath house directly across from the main pool entrance. The ramped entry will slope to a 36″ depth. This is a key safety feature allowing visitors an easy access from the building.  There are also 3 sets of stairs that will improve accessibility between pools, also making it easier for the guards to observe, move quickly and enter the different pools. The interior decks will be slip-resistant material.


The west end of the new shallow pool will also be the home of the volley ball net that has been popular to kids and grown ups alike.

Article written by Debbie Senft (Customer Service Rep)

Hot Pool Highlights-Ouray Hot Springs

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This month I am going to give you some interesting facts about our new hot pool section of the renovation. First off why the curvy design? The concept for this was to create a pool that will hold a lot of people but still feel like you have your own private area. The idea was to increase the square footage and to also increase the bench space (edge space). The new hot pool will hold 357 people in 3565 square feet holding 80,000 gallons compared to the old pool hot section holding approx. 30,000 gallons.

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We will have 2 depths in the new hot pool. The first entry on the south end at 30 inches (making it nice for families to access) and slopes to 36 inches at the north end, which is about the same as the previous hot section. We have also added a handicap access ramp entry into the hot pool. This will eliminate you having to look for a staff member to help lift you in or out of the water. You can utilize this whenever you need.


If you remember in the old pool the water came in on one wall and the heat distribution was very uneven. With the new geothermal supply lines we have water entering all over through the walls and even the floors to give uniform heat distribution throughout the pool. Total turnover of all water in the section can be done in as little as 3 ½ hours compared to about a day in the past. The temperature for the new hot pool will range from 100 to 106 degrees.

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One addition that we have added is LED in water lighting which we never had in the past. This will eliminate those bright lights hanging overhead shining down on you. This will be great, especially on those wonderful starry nights that we so often have here!

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Currently in the plans is a boulder feature with the temperature of each pool and the City of Ouray logo. There are also shade sails as extra added features. We have plans for three of them. One to be located over the south end of the hot pool, for those that want to get out of the sun on those extra hot days.

We hope you are getting as excited as we are for this new hot pool! With all of its curves, bench seating and same wonderful scenic views of the mountains, it will be amazing!

 Help us fill this new hot pool!

Article written by Debbie Senft (Customer Service Rep)