Abandoned Water Park

We finally made it out to this little gem in the middle of the desert.  The roadtrip getting here was super fun and we loved every minute of it 🙂  We headed out of town, Friday (early evening) after the hubby got off work.  We decided to leave at night, so that we could sleep in town and then hit the ground running – bright and early!  But like literally….we were up and at ’em before the sun even rose.

When we arrived we strapped on our GoPro’s and our grabbed camera bag/backpack.  Now we were ready to explore this beauty!  Since it was just before 7am and already 80+ degrees, we kinda did a fast paced explore lol.  Below are a few photographs and snapshots from the GoPro.

LOCATION HISTORY: The Lake Dolores Waterpark opened in May 1962. Park attendance peaked in the early 1970’s. However as patron attendance started to decline in the late 1980’s, and the park closed. In 1990 the park was sold, and reopened as Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark on July 4, 1998 – featuring a 50’s & 60’s theme. Over the next 3-4 years the park amassed over $3M debt and an employee who was crippled [in a 1999 accident] was awarded $4.4M in damages. In 2000 Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark filed for bankruptcy. The park reopened as Discovery Waterpark in May 2002 after $400k in renovations were made. Throughout the next few years the park was opened intermittently, finally closing in the summer of 2004.

 

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