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Balmorhea Texas State Park
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Note: The Campground and San Solomon Springs Courts will close for renovations Sept 11, 2017. The campground is expected to reopen by April 30, 2018. San Solomon Springs Courts should reopen in March 2019. 

Balmorhea State Park Information:
This 45.9 acre park is located in the foothills of the Davis Mountains, approximately 4 miles southwest of Balmorhea, Texas. San Solomon Springs had been a stopping point for travelers for thousands of years. In the 1930s, the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps)constructed a pool at the springs; it opened to the public in 1968. The 1.75 surface acre pool covers 1.5 football fields, and is one of the largest manmade pools in the U.S. Approximately 24 million gallons of water flow through the spring fed swimming pool each day. The pool is 25 feet deep and maintains a constant water temperature between 72 and 76 degrees. The water temperature and crystal clear water make it a favorite site for scuba diving year round. The springs also fill a cienega, a desert wetland created through the Balmorhea State Park Cienega Project. The springs also fill the canals of the refugium that is home to endangered species of fish, including the Pecos Gambusia (mosquito fish) and the endangered Comanche Springs pupfish. The refugium is also home to turtles, and several species of invertebrates. The CCC also constructed the limestone concession building, two wooden bathhouses, an adobe superintendent residence, and San Solomon Courts, an adobe constructed motel. All buildings were built in Spanish Colonial style with stucco exteriors and tile roofs. The grounds are shaded with cottonwoods and the canals are crisscrossed with footbridges. The area temperature is pleasant year round. The adjacent Toyahvale Desert Oasis Scuba Shop sells air and rents masks and snorkels.Park entrance and camping fees apply.For more park information, read the Balmorhea State Park Rack Brochure and Park Brochureand watch the Park Video. From IH-10, take Balmorhea exit (#206)/FM 2903 South to Balmorhea. Then take SH 17 West 4 miles to the park entrance. From IH-10 East, take Toyahvale/Ft. Davis exit (#192), Ranch Road 3078 East approximately 12 miles to the park.  Balmorhea State Park Facilities Map
    
San Solomon Spring, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Called Mescalero Spring in 1849 when watering corn and peaches of the Mescalero Apaches. To Fort Davis Soldiers,1856, was Head Spring. Present name given by first permanent settlers, Mexican farmers. Miller, Lyles, and Murphy in 1871 began large scale commercial irrigation. Murphy built first canals.”
 
Sandia Springs Preserve:
This 246 acre preserve includes the West and East Sandia Springs, which are part of the Balmorhea area complex of springs, one of the largest and most important desert spring systems in West Texas. These springs contain the very rare Pecos Gambusia, and the only naturally occurring Comanche Springs Pupfish. At the nearby Balmorhea State Park the restored marshland has underwater viewing windows and interpretive panels on the boardwalk. The preserve is open for scheduled field trips and volunteer workdays. This site is managed by the West Texas Alpine office of the Nature Conservancy of Texas. Call (432) 837-5954, for information. The preserve is located approximately one mile east of Balmorhea, Texas.   
 
Balmorhea State Park Directions:
From IH-10, take Balmorhea exit (#206)/FM 2903 South to Balmorhea. Then take SH 17 West 4 miles to the park entrance. From IH-10 East, take Toyahvale/Ft. Davis exit (#192), Ranch Road 3078 East approximately 12 miles to the park.