“Attractions & Culture in Newberry Springs, CA”
This site is on private property. Do not visit without express permission from the owner. Lake Dolores Waterpark (which also operated under the names Lake Dolores, Rock–A–Hoola Waterpark, and Discovery Waterpark) is an abandoned waterpark in Newberry Springs in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. The park was originally designed and built by local businessman Bob Byers for use by his extended family. Lake Dolores was named after Byers' wife. The initial phases of conception, planning and construction took place in the late 1950s and early 1960s. An expanse of arid land on the eastern edge of the Mojave Desert 100 yards from Interstate 15 was chosen for the project. The area contains underground springs fed by the Mojave Aquifer. Lake Dolores (the body of water) is a 273-acre man-made lake fed by underground springs. In May 1962 a basic campground adjacent to the small lake was opened to the public. Enthusiasts of Motocross (off–road motorcycle racing) and people traveling on Interstate 15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas gave the campground some business. Over the next 25 years, rides and attractions were added, and the site evolved into a waterpark, which was advertised on television with the slogan "The Fun Spot of The Desert!" The park saw its peak attendance between the early 1970s and the mid-1980s. After a downturn in popularity in the late 1980s, the park closed. The water slides and attractions are now gone. Repeatedly vandalized, much of the park is now in ruins. Urban explorers frequently visit the waterpark, but much of the park has been torn apart by people who salvaged metal and wires from the buildings. Although a "no trespassing" sign has been clearly displayed at the entrance of the park, visitors often ignore the sign and enter the park.
This was a really cool spot to go check out and take pictures. It is right off of the interstate. I do want to warn you that it is Private Property and we did get kicked off.
Really cool! The pictures I took were reminiscent of fallout. Definitely looks post apocalyptic. Careful of all the broken glass! And there’s insulation from the ceilings scattered about through the buildings so be aware. One of the better stops on my trip, but I did encounter some empty Faygo bottle, so there are juggalos afoot out there.
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