Balmorhea State Park

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Balmorhea, Texas
Balmorhea State Park  - spiny softshell turtle
Balmorhea State Park  - San Solomon Courts
Balmorhea State Park  - a bit of history!
Balmorhea State Park  - The Deepest part of the pool with depths of up to 25 feet
Balmorhea State Park  - Tons of space so it rarely feels crowded
Balmorhea State Park  - San Solomon Springs

Balmorhea State Park Reviews

scottn scottn
1 reviews
Jul 04, 2007
Balmorhea State Park, located at the base of the Davis Mountains, is one of the largest spring feed swimming pools in the world. The 77,053 square ft pool was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and is feed by the San Solomon Springs. 22 to 28 million gallons of water flow through the spring-fed swimming pool each day.

This unique spring attracts all kinds of wild life that one may not expect to find in the desert. The State park is perfect for bird watching, snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming. The San Solomon Springs are home to endangered species such as the Comanche Springs Pupfish and the Pecos Gambusia. The large variety of aquatic life and habitat is by far the main attraction. Scuba divers must meet all of the park's safety regulations but then are free to enjoy diving to a depth of twenty-five feet.

The entrance fee is usually five dollars. This is the perfect place to take the kids. The water is usually very clear but, be sure to bring a pair of goggles for everyone, without them you will miss out on much the beauty that the park has to offer. The water is somewhat chilly so be sure to go on a warm day and take plenty of towels.

The only problem is that the park is somewhat in the middle of no where. If you are ever traveling west to El Paso, Guadalupe Mountains or the Big Bend area, I highly recommend that you take a few hours to explore these waters. This park is an experience everyone in the area should undertake.
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San Solomon Springs
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scubagirl76 scubagir…
34 reviews
Oct 13, 2007
Balmorhea is a nice small State Park in the foothills of the Davis Mountains in West Texas. To get there just take exit 206 off of I-10 West shortly after Fort Stockton. The place is clean and well kept up. There are tent and RV campsites, as well as a nice little hotel within the park. There are many endangered species of fish that live in the creeks that run alongside the hotel, at the park. As well, it's a good little bird watcher's area. At night you can appreciate the vast number of stars in the sky in the coolness of the dessert. If you're really into star gazing the McDonald Observatory is just a short distance away. The main attraction however is the spring fed pool filled with many species of fish and my favorite, the spiny softshell turtle. During the day they have park workers riding around in golf carts that are happy to assist you and answer any questions for you. As far as State Parks go, I would say Balmorhea is one of the nicest but least known. Definatly worth looking into!
spiny softshell turtle
San Solomon Courts
a bit of history!

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