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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 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.

The Sweet Side of Texas Summers? Swimming-Hole Satisfaction

July 14, 2016 | By Pam Leblanc

In Texas, we love our swimming holes as much as we love barbecue and country music.

We’ve got plenty of them worth bragging about, too. From east to west and north to south, shimmering natural ponds and river respites abound, beckoning us to kick off our sandals and take a flying leap.

Our advice? Give in to the temptation. To help you plot your adventure, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites.

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. 

Swimming Holes

April 9, 2013 | By Melissa Gaskill

Our bodies are mostly water. Our primordial ancestors lived in it. Science tells us that looking at it lowers stress.

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