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Balmorhea State Park Campground

Highway 17, Balmorhea, Texas 79718 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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  • 2 Reviews
  • 5 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.

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Jim Thomas

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  • 72 Reviews
  • 30 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

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Cara Ricci

  • 9 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
March 16, 2019
Rated 5.0

Spring fed - 25 ft depth. Constant 72 to 76 degrees. They have diving boards. One side is deeper than other. No dogs allowed. Visit site for more details, but you do pay fee to get in (worth it).

Did a quick scuba dip here. Air across the road. Crystal clear water (until other in training divers mucked up bottom - though it clears up at a good pace). We found some of the springs feeding it - it was like watching a pot of water boil but with gravel bubbling instead of the water. Super cool. Lots of little fishies that are not timid. Think they get fed by people. They definitely liked my gopro - if I held still they'd try to nibble on my fingers. Not painful, but quite shocking at first. Little buggers.

Worth it for just a quick swim too (don't worry, fishies only hung out on bottom and left non-divers alone).

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  • 1 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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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.

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Nick Porter

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  • 30 Reviews
  • 15 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

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  • 3 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
August 19, 2013

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

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  • 0 Helpful
February 12, 2022

No camping here. I hope that now that this roadtrippers is supposedly connected to campendium that they synch it.

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Amanda Tullos

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September 21, 2021
Rated 5.0

This is the best and most relaxing place in Texas! Snorkeling is fantastic and even in the winter!

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  • 2 Helpful
June 10, 2019
Rated 3.0

I wish they didn’t make it look like a big swimming pool. Doesn’t really have that state park feel at all.

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Balmorhea State Park Campground

Highway 17
Balmorhea, Texas
79718 USA
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