My family and I visited while on vacation. My children are 6 and 9. We intermingled our touristy adventures with two trips to the rec center. The exterior is very well maintained with a nice playscape. The interior of the building is clean and inviting. The price for an entire family is a little expensive at about $20 for the four of us. There were reduced price punch cards, but they started at 20 punches. So, vacationers will be paying the higher price. They rent towels for $1 and thankfully we brought our own. They also have locks, for rent I imagine, but we brought our own.
The first day, my kids tried the climbing wall and we played basketball for about 3 minutes. We briefly watched some racquetball players and looked upstairs to see the track. I saw some bikes and assume there are other workout machines up there.
My kids' main purpose was to get into the pool. The locker rooms were clean and the lockers were large. Upon entering the pool, my kids were in heaven. They immediately headed for the large, waterpark style, multiloop slide. My kids spent the majority of their 3 hours on the slide. The end of the slide was pretty shallow and even shorter kids could touch. While the rules said one person per slide, I saw many very small children coming down in an adult's lap.
There was a large shallow area for young kids. It had lots of fun stations for the kids- castle, frog slide for little ones, squirt guns, and squirty stationary things for kids to climb on. I think this part was about 2 feet deep. I saw many little children and babies in this area.
There was a lazy river type attraction that was probably 3.5 to 4ft deep. In the middle of the river and separated by a wall was a whirlpool. Second to the slide, my kids spent lots of time in here. There was also a hot tub. Next to all of these areas was a 3 lane lap area. I mainly saw water aerobics going on over there.
In another area of the pool were 2 diving boards (high and low) with deep water. At the end of this was a shallower end (3.5 or 4 feet). There were many lap lanes next to this where swim teams appeared to be practicing.
There was a splash pad outside, but the water coming out was so cold that my kids left after a few seconds. I'm sure it warms up as the summer progresses.
Inside the pool there are lots of plastic chairs and benches. Just stake your claim. We kept hearing a noise that we thought was someone releasing the kraken. Turns out it was a swimsuit water extractor.
The lifeguards seemed friendly and all business.
On our second trip, we paid for our kids only because we were just going to watch them and not get into the pool. I wish we knew this was a option on our first day because my husband and I did not swim that day either.
This is such a great place and quite a gem for Durango.
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