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Lake Balmorhea / San Solomon Springs by Drone

A look at a couple of the water holes in Balmorhea.

Video by Have Drone, Will Travel

When in Balmorhea, do not miss Balmorhea State Park!

The Civilian Conservation Corps built Balmorhea State Park in the 1930s. Nearly 80 years later, people are still cooling off at our park.

More than 15 million gallons of water flow through the pool each day, gushing from the San Solomon Springs. The pool is up to 25 feet deep, covers 1.75 acres, and holds 3.5 million gallons of water. The water temperature stays at 72 to 76 degrees year-round.

Swim, scuba or skin dive, camp, geocache, study nature and bird watch. Explore our restored cienegas (desert wetlands), home to endangered fish and other wildlife.

The park has picnic sites, an outdoor sports area and a playground.

Stay overnight at one of 34 campsites. Or reserve a room at the San Solomon Springs Courts, motel-style retro lodging built by the CCC.

9207 Texas 17
Toyahvale, TX 79786
(432) 375-2370

Two miles southeast of town is Balmorhea Lake, a reservoir on Sandia Creek. Water from Toyah Creek, fed by the nearby San Solomon Springs, is also fed into the reservoir, as is excess water in the Phantom Lake Canal. The reservoir was built in 1917 by the construction of a dam by the Reeves County Water Improvement District. The reservoir provides water for irrigation, and is a popular recreational spot for locals. Balmorhea Lake is used for swimming, fishing, bird-watching, and boating.

The town’s name is an amalgamation of Balcom, Morrow, and Rhea — the surnames of its founders.