46-acre Balmorhea State Park is a located on the San Solomon Springs, near Balmorhea, Texas. The park is open year-round. Known as A Cool Oasis in the High Desert – come dive into the crystal-clear water of the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. Swim, scuba dive, or just relax under the trees at this historic park in arid West Texas. You can also camp, geocache, study nature and bird watch. Explore our restored cienegas (desert wetlands), home to endangered fish and other wildlife.
The park has picnic sites, an outdoor sports area and a playground. Rent our group hall for your next family gathering. Stay overnight at one of 34 campsites. Balmorhea State Park offers picnic tables, water hookups, electric hookups, restrooms, pull thru sites, back in sites, cable TV and group sites. Or, you can reserve a room at the San Solomon Springs Courts, motel-style retro lodging built by the CCC.
The pool is open daily; swimmers pay only the park entry fee. No lifeguard is on duty. Children under 18 must have permission to swim and must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Learn more about swimming and scuba diving in the pool.
More than 15 million gallons of water flow through the pool each day, gushing from the San Solomon Springs. The pool is up to 25 feet deep, covers 1.3 acres, and holds 3.5 million gallons of water. The water temperature stays at 72 to 76 degrees year-round. The San Solomon Springs is the largest in a series of interconnected springs in the Balmorhea area.
Most of the spring water comes from a large aquifer system that starts some 400 miles northwest of here. The water moves through porous limestone and along fault lines (breaks) in the earth that act like pipes. Rains in the nearby Davis Mountains also feed the aquifer. Water from the aquifer pushes upward through geologic faults. Springs like these are called “artesian springs.”
Entrance Fees to Balmorhea State Park: Adult: $7 Daily | Child 12 Years and Under: Free
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- More Attraction DetailsHours: 8:00 am-5:00 pmAttraction Facilities:
- Dump Station
- Picnic Sites
Playground, Basketball Court
- Local Points of InterestLocal Restaurants:
Cow Dog, Tri La Bite, Reata Alpine, The Smokin Cuban, Come & Take It BBQ, Snack Shack, Alicia's Mexican Restaurant, Guzzi Up, Magoo's Place, La Calavera, The Century Bar & Grill, Alpine Oriental ExpressLocal Shopping:
Porter's, Blue Water Natural Foods, Santana's .99 Store & more, Family Dollar, Bikeman, Murphy Street Mercado, Smith and Wife, Briar Patch, Needleworks Etc, Buddy's Auto Repair, Oasis Tire Co