Balmorhea State Park

Balmorhea State Park

One of the world’s largest spring-fed pools, with water so crystal clear you’ll want to bring your snorkeling gear to experience the underwater world below.Set in a high mountain desert, this is as much an oasis as it is a park.

Things to Do

Dive into the cool waters of the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool, which covers 1.75 acres and stays at 72 to 76 degrees year round. Scuba divers love the clarity even at a 25-foot depth. In addition to swimming and camping, the park has the San Solomon Springs Courts, which offer motel-style retro lodging. Canals along the Courts lead to a restored ciénega (wetland), where a window built below ground provides a fish-eye’s view of the underwater world.


The pool is open daily. It is fed by San Solomon Springs; 22 to 28 million gallons of water flow through it each day. At 25 feet deep, and with a capacity of more than 3.5 million gallons, the pool has plenty of room for swimmers and offers a unique setting for scuba and skin diving. Children under 18 must have permission to swim. No lifeguard on duty. Swimmers pay only the entrance fee. Swimming and scuba diving details »

Picnic sites are available for day use visitors. There is also an outdoor sports area and a playground.

For wildlife lovers, the San Solomon Springs is home to endangered fishes, assorted invertebrates, and turtles. Other animals include resident and migrant birds, deer, javelina, hawks, barn swallows, waterfowl, ground squirrels, roadrunners, and more. More information on the natural features of this site »

$7 entrance fee - per day, per person. Children 12 and under free.
Special rates and park passes »

Ranger Programs

The park offers a variety of educational opportunities. Check the calendar for upcoming events or contact the park for special tours.

Ask about the Junior Ranger Explorer Packs available for free checkout at the park!

Camping and Lodging

Camping facilities include restrooms with showers, water, electricity, cable TV, shade shelter sites and pull-through sites.

Set amongst canals, San Solomon Springs Courts offer motel-style retro lodging built by the CCC in the 1930s with a Southwestern adobe look. There are 18 rooms and all are designated as non-smoking. A dining hall/meeting room is also available.
Lodging and fee details » 


Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s, the park was deeded in 1934 by private owners and Reeves County Water Improvement District No. 1. The park was opened in 1968.

San Solomon Springs have provided water for travelers for thousands of years. More information on the history of this site »

Area Attractions

P.O. Box 15
Toyahvale, TX 79786

Latitude: 30.944829

Longitude: -103.785147

(432) 375-2370

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Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900
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Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $7 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

The park is open daily

Visitation is limited. Unless you have a facility reservation, once the parking lots are full, no vehicles will be allowed in until others exit. A self-pay box is available for late arrivals.

Pool hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Busy Season
March through Labor Day


May to September have warm days with cool nights. Bring a light jacket. Humidity is low year round. Average rainfall is approximately 14 inches. August is often the wettest month.

National Weather Service forecast for this area

3205 feet

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