Balmorhea State Park, Texas [Official]

Balmorhea State Park, Texas [Official]


[wind]
[music] In the stark, arid landscape
of West Texas there’s a surprising oasis
of green and blue. Just outside the
town of Balmorhea, a unique spring brings life
to the desert. [kids playing] It also creates one of the best
spots in Texas to go for a swim. San Solomon Spring, the
largest of several springs that bubble up
from the deep pool in Balmorhea State Park, produces 20 million gallons of
clear, cool water every day. Anytime you have
water in the desert it makes it a unique area. There’s a lot of animals
and plants that are here that would not be here
without the water. We have a lot of visitors
come to this park and the reason they come here is for thIs fresh clean water. And people have been coming here
for thousands of years. from early Native Americans
to Spanish explorers and Western settlers. Local farmers made the
first network of canals for crop irrigation
in the mid-1800’s. during the 1930’s, the
Civilian Conservation Corps built the pool, park lodging
and a cement irrigation network. [thunder] In an area where more than
12 inches of rain per year is considered unusually wet, the steady flow of spring water
through the miles of canals is essential to
local agriculture. The springs also
sustain wildlife, from migrating and local birds
to mammals and fish. [sound of bubbles underwater] The desert is not
the first place most people would think of to
go scuba diving or snorkeling. but the deep pool at Balmorhea
draws divers from across Texas. Its crystal clear water
offers a great opportunity to view a variety
of aquatic life, including 2 endangered species, the Comanche Springs pupfish
and the Pecos gambusia. [construction sounds] In 1995, a cienega, or desert
wetland, was constructed to ensure the safety of
these endangered fish without interfering with
irrigation or recreation. [music] The success of this
project has shown how all users of the springs
can share this resource. And this balance helps to
ensure that the springs will continue to flow as they
have for generations at this unique desert oasis. For more information on Texas
state parks and historic sites, visit our website or call
1-800-792-1112.

17 thoughts on “Balmorhea State Park, Texas [Official]

  1. I love our Texas springs! I want to visit this one. I have visited Aquarena Springs in San Marcos, where my father, Carl Raetzsch was born, all my life.

  2. I grew up near here. This pool is awesome!! It is closed right now because of some problems. Hope it is open when we are there in July. Can't wait!

  3. Here's the number for the park 432-375-2370. Give em a call or check the web site for the current status of the pool.

  4. Is there any place to source drinking water before it reaches the pool? I know some people drink the pool water but not knowing who or what was in there prior kind of grosses me out.

  5. We actually went there last Summer and had a wonderful time…They have drinking water fountain near the rest rooms if I'm not mistaken…My family truly enjoyed this place considering it was our first Texas State Park visit..Had a blast!

  6. Do you know this place is threatened by FRACKING right now ??? See
    www.Saveourspringstoo.org or www.CampToyahvale.org for information to
    SAVE SAN SOLOMON SPRINGS AND BALMORHEA STATE PARK — (Also see Facebook
    Pages with the same names)

  7. This desert oasis is in danger of being polluted by fracking. Go to Save Our Springs Too on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/saveourspringstoo/

  8. Disappointed on my last trip to the park, kitchenette had been removed from the motel room we where in. Park did not appear to be well maintained and was in need of much repairs

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