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This Arizona Resort Will Soon Feature a Sprawling Water Park

by Aoife O'Riordan

May 23, 2023

© JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

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Family travelers soon have even more reasons to enjoy a stay at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa with the all-new AquaRidge Waterpark. This 140,000-square-foot park sees water features designed for all ages and marks the next phase of an overall multimillion-dollar, resort-wide transformation.



© JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Within the new waterpark, guests can find Havasu Playground and lazy river. The playground features a full line-up of water park experiences for all ages and thrill levels. Highlights include Canyon Creek Lazy River, a family favorite enhanced to allow guests to float on tubes down the river surrounding Splash Island; Canyon Creek Day Suites, expansive suites offering a private bathroom, secluded lounge area, air conditioning and multiple televisions with premium access to the lazy river; and Splash Island, an active family area with two cabanas offering couch-style seating, as well as a kids splash pad. Guests at this new playground enjoy access to Havasu Bar & Bites for grab-and-go snacks and shaded, outdoor seating.


Also included in the new playground, Splash Canyon, set to open mid-summer, adds three new multistory waterslides. Gullywasher is the only dual-person, vertical wall tube slide at a resort west of the Mississippi. The Drop is a high-speed body slide accelerating riders with exciting twists and turns and a steep drop. For younger kids, Little Eddy features gentle slopes and small turns.



© JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Other features of the new waterpark like Wildfire Grove have been completely refreshed with two pools and new reservable chaise lounge chairs. For families, groups or couples, Sedona Cove now offers four upgraded plush lounge chaises, a couch, misting fan, TV and personalized poolside service.


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