Outdoor Pool FAQ

General Questions

Why do I have to buy a pool pass if I'm already a Y member?

The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region does not actually own any of the outdoor pools - they are all owned by the City of Colorado Springs. The YMCA simply began operating the pools in 2012 when the city could no longer afford to do so.

Access to all of our indoor pools are included with a YMCA membership.

Do you have to have a pool pass to visit the outdoor pools?

You do not have to purchase a season pool pass, you may purchase a day pass at any of our outdoor pools. Day passes are $8/youth (ages 3-17), $10/adult (ages 18+), and $35/family (two adults and up to four children). Children ages two and under are free.

What pools will I have access to?

An outdoor pool pass gives you unlimited access all summer long to Monument Valley Pool, Wilson Ranch Pool, Portal Pool and Prospect Lake Beach. (Please note that Prospect Lake Beach is closed for the summer 2019 season due to renovations by the City of Colorado Springs.)

A pool pass does not give you access to the YMCA's indoor pools.

How long is a pool pass good for?

A pool pass gives you unlimited access for one summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day).

Can nonmembers buy a pool pass?

Yes, individuals and families who are not YMCA members may buy a pool pass.

Do you give refunds for inclement weather?

We do not give refunds for inclement weather - please check the forecast and visit ppymca.org/status if you plan on visiting the pools! Pools will close temporarily for any lightning within 10 miles.

What are the outdoor pool hours?

Outdoor pools will have modified schedules the first week they open and at the end of the season before they close.

Portal Pool

Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wilson Ranch Pool

Monday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Monument Valley Pool

Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Do you sell Nanny passes? Do I still have to pay if I'm not going to swim?

A nanny does not need to purchase a pass if they are on a membership with a family pool pass. Even if you are not planning on swimming, you must purchase a pass, as any patron in the pool counts toward our total capacity number, regardless of if they are swimming or not. 

Can I make a reservation, call ahead or use a "Wait Away" program?

You may make reservations for large groups (20+) and birthday parties. We currently do not have a call ahead or wait away system at our outdoor pools.

Can someone else buy my day pass for me before I get there?

As long as the pool is not at capacity, another person can buy your day pass ahead of time if you will be joining them soon.

Why does my child need a swim band?

Swim bands are part of our method of providing a safe environment for every child. Nonmembers will receive a band daily and will be swim tested daily to be able to use the features that are required for each skill level. Members can wear previously earned neck bands and bring them to the outdoor pools.


What can I bring?

Are floaties allowed?

You may bring Coast Guard approved floatation devices such as life jackets or puddle jumpers. Each pool has a limited supply of puddle jumpers you may borrow at no cost. Pool noodles and beach balls are allowed.

Inflatables and inner tubes are not allowed.

Can you bring chairs?

Yes, you may bring a chair. Pools have a limited number of chairs available on a first come, first serve basis.

Can you bring food/a cooler? Do you sell food?

You may bring your own food and/or a cooler - just no glass, please! We do not sell concessions at the outdoor pools, but each pool does have a vending machine for small snacks and drinks.

Can I bring water guns, beach balls, and other pool toys?

Yes, most pool toys are permitted at the outdoor pools. Hard balls such as tennis balls, footballs, etc, are not permitted.



Do you do after-hours rentals or night swimming?

All outdoor pools offer after hour pool rentals for parties over 25 participants. Times begin following close of operation and are a two-hour time block. For more questions, please contact Murphy Barry at [email protected]

Do you do birthday parties or rentals?

Yes! You may reserve a two-hour time block during public swim hours. Traditional birthday party packages are offered only at the Wilson Ranch pool, with the use of the community room along with the facility.

Group rentals can include up to 50 people.

Do you do group discounts?

Yes! Groups must have a minimum of 20 participants to be considered a group. Prices can be found on each pool's page. For more information, please contact Murphy Barry at [email protected]


Pool Amenities

Do you offer swim lessons at the outdoor pools?

We do not currently offer swim lessons at the outdoor pools. This helps us minimize the amount of lesson cancellations due to inclement weather and also provides more uninterrupted public swim time for our guests and members.

Do you offer water exercise classes at the outdoor pools?

Yes! We currently offer water exercise classes at Portal and Wilson Ranch pools. Classes are offered from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays at Portal Pool and 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays/Thursdays at Wilson Ranch Pool.

Water exercise participants must exit the facility and reenter to enjoy the pool for the remainder of the day.

Participants must be pool pass holders or purchase a water exercise punch card (only eligible for water exercise classes at the outdoor pools).

Do you have an area for kids/a diving boards/slides?

Amenities vary by pool. Must be four feet tall to go down the slides. Must meet the height requirement and be a blue band to use the slide at Wilson Ranch Pool and a green band to use the slides at Monument Valley and Portal Pools. 

The diving board at Monument Valley Pool is only open during safety breaks when the slides are closed. Must be a green band to use the diving board.

Wilson Ranch Pool

  • zero-depth entry
  • kids play structure
  • whirlpool
  • lazy river
  • slide

Portal Pool

  • slides

Monument Valley Pool

  • diving board
  • slides

Are the pools heated?

Yes! All of our outdoor pools are heated to 80-86 degrees. Prospect Lake is not heated - the water temperature averages around 70-75 degrees. (Please note that Prospect Lake Beach is closed for the summer 2019 season due to renovations by the City of Colorado Springs.)

Do you have adult swim times?

Portal and Monument Valley Pools offer adult swim during the safety breaks.

Do the outdoor pools have lap lanes?

Yes! All three of the outdoor pools have lap lanes which are always open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wilson Ranch Pool also offers lap swimming during the water exercise hours (8:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays/Thursdays).

The lap lane at Monument Valley Pool is 25 meters long, the depth begins at 3.5 feet and goes to 12 feet.

The lap lane at Portal Pool is 25 yards long, the depth begins at 3.5 feet and goes to 9 feet.

The lap lane at Wilson Ranch Pool is 25 yards long, the depth begins at 3.5 feet and goes to 4.5 feet.


Block Scheduling

What is block scheduling?

Block scheduling will only be used if the pool hits capacity.

There are specific blocks of time (varies by pool) that people can come in and swim (for example, if a pool is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the blocks may be from 10 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. and 2:15 - 6 p.m.).

At the end of a swim block, all patrons will be asked to exit the facility for half an hour so that staff can clean the facility and prepare for the next session. After the half hour break, the next block will begin and provide an opportunity for a new group of swimmers to enter the pool.

Anyone from the previous block session may get back in line. Please note all members of the party must exit the pool and re-enter the line.

Why does the Y use the block scheduling system?

We have had a lot of feedback in past years from our Y members and community members that the pool was always full, and that they couldn't get in unless they arrived very early in the morning to get in line.

Block scheduling is implemented in order to help facilitate equal use of the pool to everyone who wants to come swim. 

We believe that this system will allow us to provide a much more consistent and fair experience for all. For example, if you arrive to the pool and it has already hit capacity, you do not have to wait around all day to know when you might have a chance of getting in - you can come back at the start of the next block. 

Do I have to buy another day pass to get back in after the first block?

Nope! We will have a process in place that will not require you to pay for a subsequent swim session on the same day.

If I'm already in the pool for water exercise, may I stay for the first block?

No, water exercise participants will need to exit the pool and enter the line for the first bock session.

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