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“Great Oasis” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Balmorhea State Park

Balmorhea State Park
State Hwy 17, Toyahvale, TX 79786
432 375 2370
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Toyahvale
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving, Swimming
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Owner description: A 48-acre park in the western desert fed by a special underground spring.
Austin, Texas
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“Great Oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

Balmorhea is truly an oasis and one that the whole family will enjoy. We've been here three times now and stayed in the lodge twice. We love to swim in the pool and see all the fish. The water temperature is really not that bad for a spring fed pool. Our kids love exploring the canals and the cienega for fish, snakes, turtles or anything else that is around. If you don't stay in the lodge there are a lot of campsites in the park and also a few mom and pop hotels in the town. The park is also about 35 minutes from Fort Davis and about an hour to Marfa so its a great place to stay if you're wanting to drive around the Davis Mountains. We've stayed in the lodge room #18 both times and would recommend trying to get one with a kitchen which 18 does not have. The location of all the rooms are great and the park picks the room for you so I don't think you can easily change it or request one, especially if its busy.

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“I've come all this way so I am going to swim”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

It normally has to be pretty hot for me to be tempted to swim outdoors. So the fact that the air temperature was only 57 degrees was not very encouraging even though the sun was shining. The water felt relatively warm so I decided to risk it. And, like they say, it feels warm once you are in. It is very nice to swim in water which isn't salty and doesn't taste of chemicals. Plenty of changing facilities, space for picnics etc. Very glad I came; and swam.

Visited March 2013
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El Paso, Texas
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“Unbelievable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

If ever you are withen a hundred or so miles of this oacis in the desert, you had better take the extra time to see this, it is in my book one of the wonders of the world. Bring your swimming suit the water here stays a cool steady temperature year round, millions of gallons of fresh spring water flow out of this enourmous hole in the ground and some brillant military group in the old days formed a giant swimming pool around it with a wading area for smaller children, and multiple height diving boards for the more adventurous. There is small fee for guest and camping available for the Rv type people, many tables are around the park to relax and share that picnic basket with family or friends (no alcoholic beverages in the park). Many individuals use the deeper areas for scuba diving where you can go below and see many fresh water fish species.

Visited April 2012
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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“great place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Wonderful location. Great natural things to look at especially the cienega and of course all the fish and turtles in the pool itself. Make sure to take plenty of sunblock

Visited February 2013
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League City, Texas
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“the weather messed up our day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

It was cold & rainy, not the best swimming weather. But the pool was actually warm enough, we could have gotten in. The water is very clear & you could see little fish all over. Probably very crowded when warm.

Visited September 2012
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