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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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  • We were on our way back to Austin and really just came here to visit the pool. First, the place doesn't seem to have much aside from the giant spring fed pool filled with tiny fish. It was very cool! ...  more »
  • You would think will all that water flowing for hundred of years the State Park could landscape the campground with something other than dead grass and asphalt gravel. No trees whatsoever in the campg...  more »
  • On a freezing morning in early January, we had this place completely to ourselves, something I can't imagine happens very often! What an amazing oasis! This is one of the most beautiful and most speci...  more »
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  • The best place to stop in Texas! Cool clear water, swim with fish and turtles. So relaxing. The best place I love to take my family.
  • It was fantastic! They keep dogs out so you don't have to put up with the mess and those people and the facilities are well maintained and clean. There's a great Mexican restaurant in Balmorhea. Ft. Davis, Marfa, Alpine, the Observatory are all close. There's a Wal-Mart in Pecos. The cabins are super nice.
  • Went here on a family road trip and we were not dissapointed!!! Everything was awesome. Water was cool and clear. Everyone had a blast!!!!
  • If ever you wanted an adventure mixed with relaxation....Balmorrhea is the perfect place. While swimming, your feet and legs are nibbled on by the little fishies that inhabit the water. Or if you're super adventurous bring your scuba gear and go diving into the 25 foot deep natural bottom. Either way, the water is a comfy 72 degrees, on a 100 plus degree Texas summer day
  • Really great refreshment in the desert. The water is awesome and there is lots of space for crowds. The facilities are seriously dated and in need of some upkeep though. Also, be aware that dogs are not allowed. It would be great if they also didn't allow smoking 🚬 in the pool area!