Waiting out Texas winter storm in Balmorhea State Park


Balmorhea_snow_JulianneGCraneAlthough the sun breaks through a little now and then, earlier this morning it was snowing here in Balmorhea State Park on the edge of the Davis Mountains (elevation is a little over 3,200′) in Texas.

Yes, Jimmy and I know we headed south to avoid the snow and freezing weather of Eastern Washington … however for the past couple of days we’ve been waking up to that familiar frozen white stuff on the ground.

In fact earlier today, Weather.com posted a Winter Storm Warning for southeast New Mexico and west Texas including the Davis and Guadalupe Mountains and Pecos region … that’s smack dab where we are and where we’re headed to work on a Habitat for Humanity project in Las Cruces, NM.

So we decided to stay snug, warm and hooked up to electricity (and the Internet) for one more day at this west Texas state park.

Balmorhea is known for its for its 77,053 square foot San Solomon Spring. It is said that between 22 to 28 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 pool differs from most public pools in several respects: the 1-3/4-acre size, the 25-foot depth and the 72 to 76 degree constant temperature. It also has a variety of aquatic life in its clear waters,” reports the Texas Parks department. (To read more about our other visits to Balmorhea State Park, click here.)

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: Balmorhea State Park, site 21, in Texas’ Davis Mountains foothills. (Julianne G. Crane).

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