Balmorhea State Park, a desert oasis, perfect destination for RVers traveling west Texas
Texas’ Balmorhea State Park is the perfect destination for those traveling by RV between El Paso and anywhere east.
It sits on the edge of the Davis Mountains (elev. a little over 3,200′) about 7 miles south of I-10 on Texas 17.
Balmorhea is known as “A Desert Oasis” for its 77,053 square foot San Solomon Spring. It is said that million gallons of water flow through the spring-fed swimming pool each day. The pool and other facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the early 1930s.
The campground features 34 campsites. Ours, with electricity and water, was $14. We purchased a Texas State Parks Annual Pass for $70, so the $7/person/day was waived.
The facilities include restrooms with showers. A personal note–I hate these showers. They are the push button type that spray for 30-seconds and turn off. (This may reflect the multi-year drought in Texas.) The major problem is that there is little control over hot or cold water. And, this morning with frost on the ground, showering with frigid water was a brief experience.
Photo: View of campground from our front door look south toward the Davis Mountains. (Julianne Crane)