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Safety Guidelines

The Thrills are back!

We Can't Wait to See You Again!

We miss you. We miss the laughs, the screams, the smell of funnel cakes and most of all your smiling faces. But now, the thrills are back again and we are ready to welcome you back to Colorado's Only Combined theme & water park! Here at Elitch Gardens, we have added new safety guidelines throughout the park to assure the park is a safe place to be and have fun. Read all about it below so you are prepped and ready for your first visit! 

New Guidelines. Same FUN!

Our safety and suppression plan is designed to meet or exceed any and all guidelines set forth by the city and county of Denver, the state of Colorado, World Health Organization (“WHO”), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”)  and respected industry organizations such as the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the World Waterpark Association (WWA), International Ride Training (IRT) and Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc. (E&A) to assure the park is a safe place to be and have fun.

Elitch Gardens will:

Manage Park Capacity: Elitch Gardens will be controlling the maximum daily attendance at the park to maximize the space available to each guest. Guests are encouraged to check on capacity before arrival HERE!

Elitch Gardens will also limit the number of guests per ride cycle and limit capacities in pools to manage appropriate social distances while guests are engaging an attraction.

Masks RequiredRequire Face Masks: Guests and team members will be required to wear a face-covering while in the park. The only exceptions will be for children aged 2 and under and while guests are enjoying water attractions. If you do not already have a face covering, they will be available at our parking toll booths and at retail locations in the park.


 Implement Daily Wellness Checks: Team members and guests will undergo a verbal screening upon arrival each day. In addition, team members receive a temperature check and are sent home if their temperature exceeds 100.4 °F. 

At times, there could be a slightly longer than normal wait time to pass through the security checkpoint. Should this occur, we ask for and appreciate your patience. The screening questions include:
1. Have you personally experienced any of the following symptoms within the last 72 hours? ​A temperature at or greater than 100.4˚ F (38˚ C)

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

2. Have you had close contact with any person known to have COVID-19 or that has demonstrated any of the signs or symptoms within the last 72 hours? Answering yes to any of these questions may prevent you from entering the park.

social distancingPractice Social Distancing: Signs, markers and visual ques are provided to assist guests with social distancing practices while in line at the park entrance, attractions, restrooms, food service locations and more. Park seating and other social layouts will be arranged to ensure appropriate distancing between traveling parties. The park has also installed sneeze and cough guards at all dining and retail points of sale to protect both our guests and team members. 

Please Note: Social Distancing is a shared responsibility between our guests and the park. We provide guidance, but we also count on our guests to follow this guidance in order to maintain the safest conditions for all guests and team members.

Promote Hand Hygiene & Respiratory Etiquette: Additional hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the park and signs displayed to encourage all employees and guests to wash their hands often and cover their coughs and sneezes. Guests will be required to use hand sanitizer before boarding rides/attractions. 

go cashlessEncourage Electronic Payments: All guests with day tickets or 2021 Season Passes must reserve a date for their visit. Guests will also be encouraged to purchase daily parking, meal deals and other ticket add-ons online at prior to arriving at the park to minimize interactions during the park entry experience. Guests are also encouraged to use a credit card, EZ Band funds or other contactless payments instead of using cash.


Water Safety: Water park chlorine and ph levels will continue to be constantly inspected to ensure guest safety. The CDC has stated, “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g. with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”

frequent cleaningClean, Disinfect and Sanitize on a Continuous Basis: Elitch Gardens uses cleaning protocols that meet EPA guidelines. These products are approved for use and effective against viruses, bacteria and other airborne pathogens. The frequency of cleaning and sanitizing has been increased in all public spaces, both in-park and team member-only areas, with an emphasis on high-touch surfaces. We encourage guests to read all instructional signs inside the park to maintain a safe environment for you as well as the other guests.

Manage Use of Indoor Areas & Communal Spaces: With social distancing requirements in mind, shows in our theater, as well as summer concerts are canceled for the season. Our guests spend their entire day outdoors in the sunshine or in shaded areas, except for the restrooms and other minor service areas which are disinfected routinely throughout the day. Employee break areas are expanded for social distancing and use of communal areas are staggered.

Homeland Security’s biodefense research laboratory states, “sunlight seems to be very detrimental to the virus,” and “within minutes, the majority of the virus is inactivated on surfaces and in the air in direct sunlight.”

Provide COVID-19 Training to All Team Members: All Elitch Gardens team members will be trained on COVID-19 safety protocols and safe behaviors.

Some imagery shown throughout our website does not represent current operational and safety guidelines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local health departments, advise that older adults and individuals with underlying medical conditions may be at a higher risk for severe illness due to COVID-19. There is an inherent risk of exposure to the virus anytime you are in a public place where people are present. By visiting Elitch Gardens, you are voluntarily assuming all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.