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.
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.
The 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)