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Balmorhea State Park, Toyahvale

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Balmorhea State Park is a 46acre state park located on the San Solomon Springs in Reeves County, Texas, opened in 1968. The closest major town is Balmorhea, Texas. The park is open year round.FeaturesThe main feature of the park is the 1.75acre, 3.5e6USgal freshwater pool built around the springs. The spring has a constant flow of 22 to 28e6USgal a day so no chlorination is required. The water temperature ranges from 72to and up to deep. The pool is used for both swimming and scuba diving. Company 1856 of the Civilian Conservation Corps built the pool between 1936 and 1941. It was constructed as part of FDR's New Deal during the Great Depression as a way to open up jobs for people needing work. The Civilian Conservation Corps also built San Solomon Springs Courts, which rents rooms available for overnight stays. Camping and recreational vehicle sites are also available.The Balmorhea State Park Cienega Project recreated a desert wetland in the park. The cienega now serves as a habitat for endangered fish such as the Comanche Springs pupfish and Pecos gambusia as well as other aquatic life, birds and other animals.
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  • Get there early and mark a table in the shade! Water is cold but kids had a blast!! A must visit type of place!!  more »
  • We had so much fun at the swimming pool in Balmorhea State Park. It is the largest spring fed swimming pool in Texas. It is crystal clear, and you swim with fish. The grandkids had a fantastic time lo...  more »
  • Great swimming hole. Different areas with differing depths so good for beginners or advanced. If you go on the weekend be sure to get there before 1000 am and remember they're Central Time if coming f...  more »
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  • We stopped by on the way home from the Davis Mountains on a relatively cool June morning thinking that it would be too cold to swim. It turned out to be a delightful visit for us and our kids. The facilities are clean, and the natural pool is nice, though the floor and steps are slippery. (It's a spring-fed pool with fish and plantlife, so this is to be expected!) We saw scuba divers exploring the springs and the bottom of the 20-foot deep section. We also enjoyed the rare 10-foot high diving board. It's an amazing and fun stop!
  • Although the grounds aren't large enough to have hiking or walking trails, the land that Balmorhea does cover is absolutely beautiful. The wild life is abundant and the ecosystem seems to be perfectly balanced. The number of people allowed into the pool is limited each day, making swimming and staking territory near the pool way more enjoyable. So get there early. Or stay there and get in for free---campsites, trailer sites, and a handful of lodge rooms are avaliable. I'll definitely be back.
  • Beautiful clear and cool spring water! We came as a large group of 18, lots of kids. There was plenty of space for us to relax and enjoy our day. Swimming with fish and being able to dive down deep was just wonderful!
  • The park is very small but it's well kept.The pool was a great and refreshing experience. However with the pool being the sole focus of the park that doesn't leave much in the way of additional exploration unfortunately. We only stayed one night because there was a rattlesnake problem at the time we were there. (I know they are part of nature and native to the area however we didn't want to take any unnecessary risks)
  • First and foremost, the pool!! 1.75 acres if the clearest spring fed water you will ever swim in. Should be on everyone's Texas experiences bucket list..... We were there the weekend before 4th of July and the park was at capacity but didn't feel crowded (except that we had to park off site and had a short walk.) It was hot, hot, hot but the rangers and staff were super friendly. We had a great time.

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