Oasis in the middle of nowhere, Texas. This natural spring is 72 degrees year round! 

Texas has a wonderful state park system, and Balmorhea State Park in West Texas is no exception. Located a few hours southeast of El Paso, Balmorhea boasts a large natural spring with views of the Davis Mountains. Stay in the cabins or camp on location. This is a great place for year round scuba diving and swimming (if you're really motivated!) where the water is consistently 72 degrees. Divers will see a variety of fish, and a rather feisty turtle. Entry is free for State Park Pass holders, and is otherwise $7. Pool hours are 8am-7:30pm. Check it out! 

Pack List

  • Scuba Gear (if you're diving)
  • Scuba certification (they mark your cert number)               
  • Swim suit
  • Snacks
  • Hammock
  • Waterproof Camera
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Diving
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole

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Balmorhea State Park

Out of the vast, dry, nothingness of West Texas, arises a crystal clear, super-sized, spring fed pool, Balmorhea State Park. In terms of state parks, it's definitely smaller in terms of area. The pool is the size of a small pond and the temperature remains swimmable all year round. The water is so clear that seeing the bottom nearly 25 feet below is a breeze. The pool is filled with small guppies and rather large catfish. All in all, Balmorhea makes for a cool day trip, or an add on to a trip to Big Bend or Guadalupe Mountains national parks.

Middle of nowhere oasis!

My husband and I lived in TX for a while and found this little gem when we caught the diving bug in January. It was actually snowing outside, but we were nice and toasty as soon as we jumped in the spring-fed pool. There were a ton of fish and it was a great spot to practice some skill sessions. They also have a camp ground which was convenient.


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