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Title: Balmorhea State Park, "an Oasis in the High Desert"
Post by: TwoTiredTeachers on April 16, 2017, 12:52:30 PM
One of the most fun trips the Two Tired Teachers have taken is to Balmorhea State Park, in Balmorhea, Texas. 

You need to know a couple of things before you go.  The park is famous for its spring fed pool which holds 3.5 million gallons of water.  More than 15 million gallons of water run through the pool.  The amazing part is that this pool is in dry, West Texas.

Another thing you need to know is not to plan on just pulling into the park on the weekend and using the pool.  It is packed on weekends in the summer.

A final thing to remember is that it is a natural spring, not a chlorinated pool.  That means algae is growing on the steps into and out of the pool.  I recommend that you go to the shallowest place to exit.

The water is some of the clearest you will ever find.  The pool is 25′ deep in places, and you can see the bottom as clearly as you can see the floor in your home.

Another thing worth mentioning is that the water is cold.  It stays at a steady 72 -76 degrees year round.

One of the reasons the Two Tired Teachers enjoyed this park so much was that we snorkeled.  We’d never done that before, and it was spectacular.

The daily entrance fee is $7 per person.  Campsites with water only are $11, and those with water and electricity are $14.  I think we paid either $16 or $17 to get a campsite with cable hookups.  Do not expect even basic cable.  We got maybe one or two channels, but that’s okay.  We went to Balmorhea for the pool.

Rooms are also available in the San Solomon Springs Courts.  A room with a queen size bed is $75, and a suite with three queen size beds is $95 for two adults and $10 for each extra person who 13 years old or older.

Although the campsites don’t look like much, Balmorhea was a great trip for the Two Tired Teachers.  Get a cheap snorkel and go if you like to swim.
Title: Re: Balmorhea State Park, "an Oasis in the High Desert"
Post by: jackiemac on April 16, 2017, 04:09:01 PM
It sounds wonderful especially in the Texas  heat,  thanks for sharing your experience  8)
Title: Re: Balmorhea State Park, "an Oasis in the High Desert"
Post by: Randy328 on April 16, 2017, 05:19:11 PM
It's a fun place. We have done scuba in the "pool" and it is the clearest water in Texas, but as you said, it is cool. Constant 70's. There are even some fish species found nowhere else.
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Post by: Tom and Margi on April 16, 2017, 05:54:14 PM
Have stayed there several times.  One year about this time we went to sleep with all the windows open because it was quite warm.  In the middle of the night the wind came up.  Got up, closed windows, dropped shades.  In the morning we raised the shades and feasted our eyes on about an inch of snow!  Vivid example of "if you don't like the weather, just wait a minute".  ;)
Title: Re: Balmorhea State Park, "an Oasis in the High Desert"
Post by: MN Blue Skies on April 16, 2017, 06:50:09 PM
Tired Teachers,

Welcome to the forum.  I am enjoying your posts.  Keep them coming!
Title: Re: Balmorhea State Park, "an Oasis in the High Desert"
Post by: John Stephens on April 19, 2017, 09:55:04 AM
Last year, while driving from Florida to Arizona, we realized the Flying J we had planned on staying overnight at on I-10 was too small for our rig and we had to make last minute arrangements for the night. We called Balmorhea and was told they had sites available but the pool was closed for cleaning. No problem for us; we simply wanted a place to sleep for the night.

We were quite impressed with the camping facility, with all sites on hard surface. We paid for electric and water, and had the ability the next morning to use the central dump for our holding tanks. Being in the middle of nowhere, we didn't expect television stations to come in, but we got decent reception from our roof top antenna from three or four stations.

Overall, we enjoyed our short stay there and will return whenever in that part of Texas.
Title: Re: Balmorhea State Park, "an Oasis in the High Desert"
Post by: Bob Maxwell on April 19, 2017, 08:04:15 PM
Been there several times, each one was a joy as that whole area, Ft. Davis, Alpine, Marfa, the river road from Presidio to Terlingua and doing the loop. . .  Great times.