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The old saying ‘everything’s bigger in Texas’ is certainly true when it comes to swimming holes. In fact, the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool is tucked away in the west Texas desert, inside the historic Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale. And as the hot summer days approach, it’s the perfect time to visit this Lone Star State landmark.
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San Solomon Springs is the source of the turquoise water. A constant flow of at least 15 million gallons of spring water runs through the 1.75-acre pool each day, which means no chlorination is required. What’s more, the water is always the perfect temperature for swimming, staying at a refreshing 72-76 degrees year-round.
The Balmorhea pool is up to 25 feet deep and the pristine spring water is crystal clear, making it perfect for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. You’ll definitely want to bring your goggles to explore the underwater world below. And don’t be surprised by the other friendly swimmers that may join you, as the park also is home to several species of endangered fish and other wildlife.
Balmorhea State Park was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and a way to create jobs during the Great Depression. More than 80 years later, this desert oasis is still a popular place to dive in and cool off in the steamy Texas heat.
The park is open daily, with an entrance fee of $7 for adults and children 12 years old and younger are free. However, you’ll want to arrive early as access is limited to 1,300 visitors daily. Swimming is allowed from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or sunset, whichever comes first. Visitors also can enjoy a picnic at the park or Balmorhea’s outdoor sports area and playground. Your family can also make the trip a weekend getaway, as there are 34 campsites as well as the San Solomon Springs Court retro lodge.