Balmorhea State Park Campground

9207 Texas 17, Texas 79786 USA

66 Reviews
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Opens Sun 8a
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  • Pet Friendly
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  • No Wifi
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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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Michelle K.

I have been visiting this place for 20 years. It is my families favorite destination in Texas. A true oasis. I would always give it 5 stars, HOWEVER, do not visit NOW. Because of all the recent... Read more

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Brittney R.

This state park is known for it's outdoor spring water swimming pool. This is the sole reason we went. During our trip, everything except the pool and bathhouse was closed for renovations. Be... Read more

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Tamra S.

This place was like a hidden treasure in the middle of nowhere...Seriously just when you think you've seen all of haven''s beautiful here and the swimming with the fishes in the... Read more

Balmorhea State Park Campground

9207 Texas 17
79786 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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  • Swimming Pool
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  • Fifty Amp
  • Full Hookup
  • Rec Facilities
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  • Tent Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Big Rigs
  • Back In RV Sites
  • Firewood
  • Laundry
  • Permit Required
  • Potable Water
  • Pull Through RV Sites
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
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