110 Raul Florez Blvd.
Pecos, TX 79772
Phone: (432) 445-1444
Fax: (432) 445-0059
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.