Rock-a-Hoola Waterpark

April 7, 2017   /   byJaney  / Categories :  Feeds

When it comes to my passion for photographing abandoned Americana, my love really is with places from the mid-20th century or older. However any place that is abandoned I’ll check out, even if it was abandoned just thirteen years ago, which is the case with Lake Dolores’ Rock-a-Hoola Waterpark off Interstate 15 in Newberry Springs.

Originally, the area around Lake Dolores was a private resort, but opened to the public in 1962. By 1998, it had new owners, and a massive remodel, which added the Rock-a-Hoola Waterpark with the most horrendous and gaudy “retro” theme, which ended up looking like a that 1980s vision throwback to the 1950s. You can check out a video of what it once looked like here, now it has been overrun by graffiti, and I was able to only locate one spot that featured the original “Rock-a-Hoola” text. The park closed in 2004.

Today, a hill looms high with nothing but oddly foreboding supports from the long disappeared waterslides over tag ridded buildings that continue to fade and decay in the hot Mojave sun.

I took loads of photos, so gear up for a pretty picture heavy post!

One of my favorite photographers, Troy Paiva, visited the location just six years after its closure, check out his spectacular photographs here.

Stay tuned for Vegas posts! There is lots in store, like our visit to the Neon Museum, the Mob Museum, and several filming locations from Diamonds are Forever.


Filed under: Bizarre & Unique Stops, Photography Portfolio Tagged: 1990s, abandoned, abandoned Americana, California, Lake Dolores, Newberry Springs, personal photography, photography, Rock-a-Hoola Waterpark

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