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.

A Cool Oasis in the High Desert

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.

Things to Do

The Civilian Conservation Corps built Balmorhea State Park in the 1930s. Nearly 80 years later, people are still cooling off at our park.

Swim, scuba or skin dive, 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. Or 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 1.75 acres, and holds 3.5 million gallons of water. The water temperature stays at 72 to 76 degrees year-round.


We welcome volunteers! Visit our Volunteer page to find out how you can help (search on zip code 79786), or ask at park headquarters.


Part of our mission is to protect this precious desert resource. You can help! Please respect the park and its heritage. Pick up trash, leave artifacts where you find them, treat historic structures gently, and admire but don’t harass wildlife.

Ranger Programs

We offer programs on the nature and history of our park. Check our Events page for upcoming programs. Contact the park in advance to arrange a program for your group.

Ask at headquarters about borrowing a Junior Ranger Explorer Pack for the kids!

Civilian Conservation Corps:  The CCC built the swimming pool, San Solomon Courts, bath houses and most park facilities in the 1930s. To learn more, visit our History page.    

Area Attractions

P.O. Box 15
Toyahvale, TX 79786

Latitude: 30.945036

Longitude: -103.786663

(432) 375-2370

Make reservations online

Reserve by phone: (512) 389-8900

Entrance Fees
  • Adult: $7 Daily
  • Child 12 Years and Under: Free

Open daily.

Office Hours:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pool hours:  8 a.m. - 6 p.m. or sunset, whichever comes first.
The pool will be closed for annual cleaning from May 9 through May 15, 2016. 

Busy Season:  March through Labor Day


Campsite Hours

Check-in:  2 p.m.

Check-out:  2 p.m.


Motel Hours

Check-in:  3 p.m.

Check-out:  11 a.m.


Maximum Capacity

Throughout the summer, especially on weekends and holidays, the park sometimes reaches maximum parking capacity and must close. The park reopens when parking becomes available. Please have a back-up plan in case of closure. Parking on the shoulder of the highway is forbidden. Capacity closures do not affect customers with reservations


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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