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Visit The Balmorhea State Park Spring-Fed Swimming Pool in Texas

The old saying ‘everything’s bigger in Texas’ is undoubtedly true regarding swimming holes. 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.

Photo Credit: Balmorhea State Park, Texas Parks and Wildlife Facebook
Credit: Photo Credit: Balmorhea State Park, Texas Parks and Wildlife Facebook by Facebook.com

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 daily, meaning no chlorination is required. Moreover, the water is always the perfect temperature for swimming, staying at a refreshing 72-76 degrees year-round.

People and fish swim at Balmorhea's pool
Credit: People and fish swim at Balmorhea's pool by Texas Parks & Wildlife

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 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 is also home to several species of endangered fish and other wildlife.

Balmorhea's high dive
Credit: Balmorhea's high dive by facebook.com

Balmorhea State Park was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and as a way to create jobs during the Great Depression. More than 80 years later, this desert oasis is still popular to dive in and cool off in the steamy Texas heat.

The world's largest-spring fed swimming pool
Credit: The world's largest-spring fed swimming pool by Texas Parks & Wildlife

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 and the San Solomon Springs Court retro lodge.

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