Elitch Gardens' Tube Top water slide resembles Sandworm from Beetlejuice

Though you can never truly count on the weather in Colorado, it's been consistently warm out there for a while and the forecast calls for it to stay that way. Fortunately, the water park at Elitch Gardens will open May 26, just in time for Memorial Day fun.

Here's a look at the latest addition to the park: "Tube Top," a four-story water slide.

"Riders enter Tube Top and drop into a completely enclosed tube slide," says Debbie Evans, a spokeswoman for the park. "It twists, it turns and then there's a vortex turn where riders slide back and forth. They're almost entirely in the dark because it is a totally enclosed slide, and then they shoot out the bottom of the slide through a waterfall back in to the bright sunshine."

This newest attraction, which uses 14,000 gallons of water, can only be enjoyed by those four feet or taller, but there's plenty to do for those who may be more vertically challenged: The water park also features a lazy river, wave pool and Splashdown, a 75-foot long twisting raft ride, all of which can be enjoyed by those under 48 inches.

"Denver is the only city in the country that has both a theme park and a water park right downtown," says Evans. "So it's a one-of-a-kind attraction only in Denver."

And here's that Beetlejuice clip:

Tickets to both parks are $43.99 for adults 48 inches and taller and $29.99 for those shorter than 48 inches, and seniors aged 62 and older. Tickets can be bought online or at the park. Elitch Gardens will be open seven days a week through September 3.

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Claire Delahorne
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