balmorhea state park

Brave the Cold(ish) Waters at a New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge

December 28, 2023 | By Omar L. Gallaga

Sometime after 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Mayor Greg Bisso of Surfside Beach is going to be cold and wet—on purpose.

Take a Dip at Soon-to-Reopen Balmorhea Pool in West Texas

June 24, 2021 | By Joe Nick Patoski

I remember the first time, and the second time, and close to the 100th time I’ve visited Balmorhea State Park for a swim.

Balmorhea State Park, Home of a Cherished West Texas Spring Pool, is Set to Grow Sevenfold in Size

June 17, 2020 | By Pam LeBlanc

Balmorhea State Park, where a spring-fed swimming pool sparkles against a prickly desert backdrop, is set to expand to nearly seven times its current size.

Balmorhea State Park to Remain Closed Until Summer

March 5, 2020 | By Julia Jones

Let It Flow: The Return of Comanche Springs

January 22, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

The return of Comanche Springs in Fort Stockton, the “Spring City of Texas,” is prompting conservationists to incentivize landowners to curb their irrigation practices in hopes of restoring the springs to a year-round flow.

Balmorhea State Park to Close Again, This Time for Septic System Repairs

July 31, 2019 | By Pamela LeBlanc

After a summer of fun for swimmers, the spring-fed pool will close from Sept. 3 to spring 2020. The closure comes on the heels of the pool’s reopening in March after a 10-month closure to repair a crumbling pool wall.

Balmorhea State Park is Ready for Summer Visitors

April 30, 2019 | By Emily Roberts Stone, Executive Editor

Sometimes the best summer moments are unplanned—a spontaneous road trip, a lazy day at the lake, or an impromptu backyard barbecue. But some of our state’s most memorable summer diversions require advance planning.
Balmorhea State Park’s star attraction, the pool, reopened March 1 after being closed nearly 10 months for repairs, and visitors are already returning in droves to cool off in the aquamarine water of the world’s largest spring-fed
swimming pool.

Balmorhea State Park Reopens to the Public

March 1, 2019 | By TH Staff

Balmorhea State Park has reopened its famed spring-fed swimming pool with time to spare before Spring Break and the arrival of the West Texas summer heat.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department announced Friday that it had completed a project to repair the concrete apron under the diving board, a problem that resulted in the pool’s closure throughout last summer.The project, estimated to cost $2 million, received a boost from Apache Corporation, an oil and gas company, which contributed $1 million to the project in the form of a matching grant.

Senior Editor Lori Moffatt Shares Her Favorite Places in Texas After 27 Years at Texas Highways

April 24, 2018 | By

This issue marks the 44th anniversary of the travel magazine of Texas. It’s also the last issue for Senior Editor Lori Moffatt, who is retiring after an esteemed 27 years with the publication. As a staff, we’re going to miss her irreplaceable knowledge of Texas’ history and culture, insightful edits and sharp eye for details, but even more so the passion and vitality she’s brought to these pages and the office over the years. Before her departure, I asked her to share some of her insights with the readers she’s served so well for more than 300 issues. 

Daytripper: Balmorhea

May 11, 2016 | By Chet Garner

Amid the prickly-pear cacti and rocky hills of West Texas lies a literal oasis in the desert.

Balmorhea works to accommodate big weekend crowds

July 21, 2015 | By

Balmorhea State Park—home of the spectacular San Solomon Springs swimming pool—is adding parking options to accommodate heavy traffic on summer weekends that leads to backups on Texas 17. 

Texas to-do’s

December 29, 2012 | By Helen Bryant

Sometimes you can spy a whooper or two in the marsh through a free telescope on the refuge’s observation tower.

Dive In!

August 1, 2010 | By Melissa Gaskill

Under water, light behaves differently; colors sparkle, then fade. Sounds magnify and distort. Liquid cradles a body accustomed to mere air.

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