3 Parks near Balmorhea, Texas
Jul 2015 - $17.00
Great park for overnight stays. One of the best swimming holes ever! The bathrooms are just awful and need to be demolished and replaced. The state government just diverted major funds into the park system so maybe help is on the way. - Major Dad
May 2015 - $31.00
Nice state park - stayed one night only. Pool was closed for cleaning - but didn't need it. Park ranger was very courteous. Lots to do in the area - but we were just passing through. Very clean park. Our picnic table didn't have a covered structure over it - but as we were here for the night - it wasn't an issue. If we were to stay longer - we would make sure we had the covered areas. - Firebee
May 2015 - $31.00
Booked ourselves a four night stay here in a hook up site, water and electric. (They do have a dump station). Most of the campsites have a picnic shelter as well.
The bathroom/shower was built many moons ago by the CCC. But they are clean and well maintained. They also offer some motel room rentals.
There is a re vegetation project on the property that has some unique fish in it as well as some turtles and catfish. There are also tons of bunnies and road runners around the campground.
There is also a huge natural spring that can be swam, snorkeled and even dived in.
We are from out of state and were not aware that there was an extra usage fee per person, per day due to the natural springs. That ended up costing us an extra $56 and we never even got our feet wet.
I do wish there was a way to opt out of this fee if you are not going to use the spring. - Kgtraveler
Aug 2010 - $20.00
This was a unique find!! We wanted to get into the Balmorhea State Park but they were full and suggested that we try Laird Ranch. This campground has one 50/30 AMP level site with water and sewer and then offer camping for two units with 110 volt needs and ample tent camping at $10 per night. They have a very clean restroom. We don't believe that many have discovered this spot. We camped and were all by ourselves on 5 acres. Beautiful view of the mountains. You need to call the Laird's to gain access to the campground. Nice folks that own it. I believe that the campground is a hobby. Would be a nice place for a family reunion, has a shade area with picnic tables and fire rings. Just one full hook up though. - spiceblender
Mar 2015 - $20.00
Easy on-and-off, wide access roads, and the site was extra-long and level with no trouble reaching the utilities, all of which worked without issues. About half the sites seem to be occupied by month-or-more residents, but all are tidy. There was too much firepit rubbish and evidence of oblivious smokers and dog owners to call it clean, but we found it unoffensive. In fact, if you appreciate high desert scenery, this is a rather pretty park, with mountain views, and at every site, a tidy rock-lined landscaped area with cactus, brush and a 15' to 25' scrub tree, as well as either a firepit or barbeque grill. (Whoever decided to paint bright yellow smiley faces on the prickly pears, though, was just trying way too hard!)
Park management is a bit loosey-goosey -- we called to confirm availability and the man who answered said, "Plenty of room, come on in." When we arrived three hours later, the woman at the counter said, sorry, they were full. On protesting that we had called earlier (though we never left a name), she said, "Oh, you called? Then one of the two empties must be yours." Collected our money, had us sign next to the date in a looseleaf notebook, told us to take our pick of empty sites, and that was it. In the park, we found four empty sites ... and the other three stayed empty all night. Glad we spoke up or we'd have been sent on down the road. - peakcomm
Dec 2014 - $10.00
Easy to get to off I-10. Nothing fancy but we didn't have to unhook for one night's stay. Most sites appear to have full time residents. Find an empty spot and that's where you stay. It appears they are trying to make some improvements with landscaping. - Jan1Rick
Oct 2014 - $10.00
A good place to stay overnight or even for a day or two. The rate is the PP rate. Hookups are easy to get to, and all work OK. These are pull through sites, so no need to unhook. Each site is attractively landscaped. We would certainly stay here again when crossing Texas --- good price, easy-in easy-out. - hoppytoad