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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 had a room with 3 beds and Patio. It's was a beautiful view. Tons of wildlife. Pool is crystal clear and the fish are not afraid of people. My kids loved it. You can rent tubes in the cafe area. Wh...  more »
  • Judging by the number of foreign tourists, this destination may be better known outside of the US than within. Fantastic place for a swim with the turtles and fishes. Enjoyed the diving boards.  more »
  • Spent Memorial weekend here was nice and relaxing. The water was beautiful and cool. Came with some friends who went scuba diving while I snorkeled. The stars late at night were amazing to look at lat...  more »
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  • 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)
  • I love this place! It is a true gem in the middle of west Texas. Do not pass it by if you are driving along I10. I wish there were less fishes in the pool, but of course it is natural, so it happens, and they won't bother you. Lovely place to go for a swim and chill with your family.
  • I stayed here last yr and some people arrived at 9 pm in a massive RV full of lights and sounds and their generator was right by our tent. It was so loud and they obviously can not rough it for one night. Why go camping at all. They ruined the night, none of us could sleep, and what they were doing was against state park rules but Balmorhea didn't seem to care. I am about to visit again so hopefully this time is better. Despite that, the visit was very pleasant and fun.
  • Sept 29-10/3/2016. We camped in site#8 with a covered pavilion, electricity, water and sewer. The night sky was fantastic! We had a charcoal grill and a fire ring...complete with a chipmunk that had one of its tunnels opening into the fire grill. Don't worry. We kept him safe. Visited the swimming pool for pictures and met some ladies on a "girl's trip" back for a reunion at a college. They has visited Balmorhea years ago and were coming back for old time's sake. It was warmish during the day but cool at night. Great beginning to a 4-week camping trip.
  • Swimming, camping, and wildlife! The showers and restrooms are generally clean. There is plenty of shade and lots of picnic tables. We still bring chairs and a table when there are a lot of us. They have the Junior Ranger program for the kids. We've never experienced rude campers when we camp. The rangers are super helpful and do evening programs on occasion. Love Balmorhea State Park.