3101 W.Dickinson Blvd
Fort Stockton, TX 79735
Phone: (432) 336-3224
Fax: (432) 336-6288
Amid the vast and arid deserts of West Texas, Balmorhea State Park stands like an oasis of fresh spring water, shaded avenues and wetlands. It is home to one of the largest swimming pools in the world, whose sole source is spring water. The San Solomon Springs act as a perennial source for this pool, which holds water of volume 3.5 million gallons (13.25 million liters). The clear water reflects the fluffy clouds in the sky and reveals turtles and fishes swimming across the pool. Walk through grassy patches underneath canopies of trees, cross bridges over canals, picnic on the grounds, embark on geocache treasure hunts and spot exotic bird species. There are plenty of RV parks and campsites nearby for those who wish to lodge overnight.
This West Texas state park is covered in 3,840 acres (1554 hectares) of sand dunes. Spanish explorers over 400 years ago were the first to describe the massive dunes, although Native Americans have inhabited the area for more than 10,000 years. The Native Americans lived around the area until the 1880s, when it became a water stop for the rail-road. Today, the state park features a visitor center with equipment rentals for sand surfing.
Covering over 507 acres (205 hectares), this vast region of the Chihuahuan Desert is one of the most biologically rich and diverse arid regions in the world. The beauty of the surroundings, replete with local and exotic flora and fauna, makes this a breathtaking place. Take a hike along its trails and explore several springs, unusual rock formations and over 200 rare species of cacti.
One of the most scenic areas in Texas lies in the Northeastern Chihuahuan Desert. Here in the Davis Mountains you can observe the "sky-island," a range that rises above the desert. The conservatory is also home to wild animals like the black bear, mountain lion, Golden Eagle, and Montezuma Quail. This preserve is also important to the West Texas ranching legacy, as well as maintaining the dark skies for the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. Conveniently located less than a three hour drive away from the Permian Basin, the Nature Conservatory of the Davis Mountains is a must-see.
Floyd Gwinn Park opened in 1945 as the first aquatic park in Odessa. Today this 40-acre park features two playgrounds, plus all the facilities to support your favorite sport. Floyd Gwinn has it all, from baseball and soccer, to basketball, tennis, and volleyball. You can also enjoy a swim in the community pool on a hot day. The park is also home to the Floyd Gwinn Gymnasium, which gives the community a facility to practice and participate in activities.
The official location for the annual Juneteenth parade, Woodson Park is one of the best recreational facilities in Odessa. It also houses the Woodson Family Aquatic Facility, which has pools, playgrounds and water slides for the entire family to enjoy. A Community Center is also part of the premises, which can be hired as a venue for private events. Epitomizing the alpha and omega of recreation in the city, Woodson Park is 13 acres of complete fun.
The Woodson Family Aquatic Center is the perfect place to lounge around, get some sun, or for a dip in the pool. This center also features a sand volleyball court, picnic area, and a playground for the kids. What better way to enjoy a day in the Permian Basin's sun than a day at the pool.