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Keep your cool with these plunges (and share your favorites)

As soaring temperatures continue to bake the United States, we can only thank our lucky stars that even though we’re at the center of the high desert, there are plenty of places to plunge in and take some of the sizzle off. There are the old standbys of Elitch Gardens and Hyland Hills Water World, but here are some other spots to splash that you may not have tried out.

SPRAY PARKS AND POOLS

No matter how high the mercury goes, or how near to drought conditions we seem to get, spray parks and pools stand at the ready to cool down all comers.

Eldorado Springs Resort, Eldorado Springs: Once considered the “Coney Island of the West,” the Eldorado Springs Resort still is a fine spot to relax and recreate. At the pool, you’ll paddle around in cool, clear water from the same artesian source that fills Eldorado Natural Spring Water bottles.

Pirate’s Cove, Englewood: Float in the lazy river, take a ride down one of three huge slides, or, if you’re really brave, just stand around in the leisure pool until the “dump bucket” feature unleashes a 750-gallon torrent from above.

Spray Park, at Loveland Sports Park east of Loveland: Cool off in the “OZmill,” a kinetic sculpture powered by wind and water, at the heart of the park. You’ll know it when you see it, because it looks like a tornado.

City Park Pool and Slides, Fort Collins: Two water slides are up – way up – and running at the City Park pool. Take a ride down the 30-foot drop slide, or the open curly slide. Then stand around in the spray shooting from the showerlike structures planted around the pool.

The Splash at Fossil Trace, Golden: Plenty of places to keep cool, including two water slides, a “dump bucket” and a set of slides and gentle spray fountains for little kids.

OPEN WATER

Huge winter snow filled up the reservoirs,