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Balmorhea State Park

9207 State Highway 17, Balmorhea, Texas 79786 USA

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“The World's Largest Spring-fed Pool!”

We all know that "everything is bigger in Texas", but the old saying often proves to be even more true than you might expect. It's not just about big cowboy hats, big hair and giant steaks... you can even find the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool in the Lone Star State at Balmorhea State Park. The pool itself is 1.75 acres big and holds 3.5 million gallons of water-- so it's definitely Texas-sized! It's fed by the San Solomon Springs, which pump 15 million gallons of fresh, pure spring water into the pool every day-- so it's all natural and totally not chlorinated. The pool is up to 25 feet deep in some places, which makes it perfect for snorkeling or skin and scuba diving, if a casual dip in the more shallow parts or doing jack knifes off the diving board isn't quite doing it for you. Plus, since the water stays around 72 to 76 degrees naturally, it's refreshingly cool during the hot summers, but not so cold that you have to worry about it being so frigid that you can't jump right in. The springs have been important to the people of West Texas for years: the Mescalero Apaches watered their horses there, and farmers used it to irrigate their farmlands during the 1800's. The massive pool was built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the organization that employed young men to help rebuild parks and roads when jobs were scarce during the Great Depression. There's a canal that guides the water through the pool and then downstream to Balmorhea Lake, which is about three and a half miles away, watering alfalfa and cotton crops along the way. The park is also home to cienegas (desert wetlands from the spring) which are the perfect habitat for some rare plants and wildlife that you won't find many other places in the world. The park has campsites, if you want to make a weekend of your trip to the pool, as well as a retro, 1930's-inspired motor lodge, San Solomon Springs Court. But, no matter where you stay, Balmorhea is the perfect West Texas weekend getaway!

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Reviewed by
bigcomfy

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
February 02, 2014

If you're in the area, stop in for a quick dip in the pool. Yes, it will cost you 10bucks per car, but it really is a special place in the middle of nowhere.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jim Thomas

  • Road Warrior
  • 71 Reviews
  • 25 Helpful
March 11, 2015
Rated 5.0

Really clear blue water. It is hard to believe it is really that deep. It was a little cool for swimming but we will plan a trip to come back here.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
shabril

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
December 15, 2017
Rated 5.0

My daughter loves to swim and also loves all critters so this was a perfect stop for her. She was bummed she didn’t bring her swimsuit but she still had a great time looking at the soft shell turtles, fish and ducks. We will definitely come back better prepared and in slightly warmer weather so she can fully enjoy.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Nick Porter

  • Road Warrior
  • 30 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
August 30, 2014
Rated 5.0

scuba camping? loved it. big for a spring fed pool. don't expect a lake.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
simon.keir

  • 3 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
August 19, 2013

this is an awesome and quaint camp site - the pool is beautiful - 100% recommended

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
DavidAylward

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 25, 2018
Rated 5.0

This place is literally in the middle of nowhere. It's strange to find such a unique and extraordinary pool here. Make sure to reserve a spot to stay as it was sold out on the random night that I appeared and there's nowhere else to stay in the area. Oh, and bring your snorkeling gear - you won't regret it!

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Reviewed by
PanJH

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 21, 2018
Rated 4.0

We stopped there for a day/night. How refreshing it was to get into the water on a hot summer day.

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Reviewed by
jysharp2003

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 22, 2017
Rated 5.0

So many fans of this place. Get active though since the pipeline was approved and will impact this natural wonder. Write your congressman and stop the big oil pipeline!!

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Reviewed by
EllMartini

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 03, 2016

Love this pool. One caveat: watch your footing, if you walk in via the stairs -- slippery with aquatic plants like a little soft rug!!

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Reviewed by
LindaMather

  • 7 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 28, 2016
Rated 5.0

The campground was wonderful even cable tv if you want to pay for it. The day we left they had about 20 volunteers cleaning and pruning.

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Balmorhea State Park

9207 State Highway 17
Balmorhea, Texas
79786 USA

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Open now until 8:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public Restrooms
  • RV Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • 34 Camp Sites
  • Pull Through
  • 50 AMP
  • Big Rigs
  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Showers
  • Paved Sites
  • Swimming Pool
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