Balmorhea State Park, a desert oasis, perfect destination for RVers traveling west Texas


BalmorheaSP_TX_site_JulianneGCraneTexas’ Balmorhea State Park is the perfect destination for those traveling by RV (or tent camping) between El Paso and anywhere east along I-10.

This is our fifth stay at this unique public park that sits on the edge of the Davis Mountains (at an elevation of a little over 3,200′) about 7 miles south of I-10 on Texas Hwy. 17.

The campground features 34 campsites (some pull-through) with shade shelters. Ours, with electricity and water, was $14 plus $14 for day use passes. (Because we did not purchased a Texas State Parks Annual Pass for $70, we had to pay the $7/person/day use fee.) Cable TV is available in some sites for an extra charge.

There are restrooms with showers.  A personal note–I hate these showers. They are the push button type that spray for 30-seconds and then shut off. (This may reflect the multi-year drought in this part of Texas.) The major problem is that there is little control over hot or cold water.

Balmorhea is known as “A Desert Oasis” for its 77,053-square-foot San Solomon Springs Pool. It is said that 22 million gallons of water flow through the spring-fed swimming pool each day. (This is a hugely popular during the warm months.)

To read more about this “Desert Oasis,” click on RV Short Stops to view more pictures and learn more about how the pool and other facilities were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the early 1930s.

(To read more about our other visits to Balmorhea State Park, click here.)

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: View of campground site. To the right of our camper in the background are the Davis Mountains to the south. (Julianne G. Crane)

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