I've passed the waterpark many times on the way to Vegas. It always seemed closed... the closed waterpark stuck out and stuck in my mind. With some digging for information, I found out that the water park has not opened to the public since 2004 after an unfortunate accident and expensive lawsuit to follow. This article explains the reason why.
Lake Dolores is the original, given name of the man-made lake(s) and the surrounding site where stands a still physically-existent yet currently inoperative waterpark on Hacienda Road in the desert town of Newberry Springs, San Bernardino County, California, USA. When last open to the general public, the park itself went by the relatively recent and updated name(s) Rock-a-Hoola Waterpark for a short period of time and subsequently Discovery Water Park for an even shorter period. Despite the recent, successive name changes due to two separate transfers of ownership, the site is still far more commonly known by the general public as "Lake Dolores".
Rock-a-Hoola Waterpark has been abandoned since 2004.
Rock-a-Hoola is the most popular page on the site. Help keep it alive by sharing your thoughts and stories in the comments below.
Lake Dolores is on Facebook. Be sure to like the page. According to a post on the page, a lease was signed in 2009 and the family was working to bring the park back to life. Apparently the owners lost the land to the bank in 2011 and there is no clear future.
Google Earth Images
2009 (County of San Bernardino)
2006The live satellite view from Google Maps
This commercial was produced to market and advertise what has become known as America's first water park. It formerly lied in the Mojave Desert in California, just off I-15 half way between Vegas and Los Angeles.
Video of the ruins.
Altered Route - filmed at Rock-A-Hoola
New York Graffiti Crew Redecorates an Abandoned Theme Park
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Be sure to check out the new photos added in September, 2012.
LinksThe lawsuit that shut down Rock-a-Hoola.
Photos from 2003 on Flickr
Water slide construction photo -partway down
Virtual Globetrottling - there are a couple additional pictures from the I-5 on the right side.
View more photos here: Rock-A-Hoola - Imgur