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Balmorhea, Texas

Balmorhea State Park

Balmorhea, Texas



9207 TX-17
Balmorhea, Texas 79786
Phone: (432) 375-2370

Sites: 34
Recent Rate: $25 3/2017

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Latitude: 30.94549149761
Longitude: -103.78672599793
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Very friendly and helpful staff. Really cool pool and creeks. Lots of wildlife (turtles, fish, owls, ducks, etc.). Cost to boondock with water was $11, then had to pay $7 per person for state park fee, so $25 for no electric or sewer. Best site is #19 is you don't need electric. Nice park, have stayed here a couple of times and enjoyed the sounds of water again after staying in New Mexico where there is very little water. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

The price is extremely misleading as they charge an extra $7/person/day for park entry - even if not leaving the park. That was an extra $14/day in addition to the $17 cost. Small state park campground with very odd arrangement of sites. More than one new arrival (including us) had to take a look around to determine how the sites were laid out. However although they appear small had plenty of room. Not very attractive but was clean and level. The bathrooms - not so much. There is a nice spring-fed pool there, as well as great mountain views. Covered patio at some sites (not ours), just picnic table at others - charge is same. Office staff very nice. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great little place down the road called Jo's Bar and Grill.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an okay state park, as usual, it is dated. The bathrooms are just okay, old and in need of replacement. We skipped using their showers as they have no private changing area, your kind of standing in he bathroom if you step out of the shower. Campsites are on the small side, most have a covered table and a grill, no open fires allowed. There is a huge spring fed swimming area, bring your suit. The pull through sites are okay for bigger rigs, not the back ins. This campground is okay for a couple nights while swimming or visiting the Fort Davis area. I'd stay here again if I couldn't get into Davis Mountain. No much in the area towns for services, come prepared. High chlorine taste and smell of the campgrounds water. $14 price does not include park access fee of $7 per head. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Swimming in the pool is the main reason to visit. No sewer hookups. Minimal hiking trails. Park is very peaceful. Good place to just relax. Women's showers not cleaned daily. Same hair on shower floor for 3 days. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to Davis Mountain Observatory for evening star gazing and lecture! Swim in the pool. Watch out for large concrete piling under water in the pool and not marked! See the roadrunners.

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Review Count: 153
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 44

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of my favorite places of the many we've been to after a year and a half on the road, mainly because of the natural spring-fed swimming pool. The RV park is spacious and well kept. About 15 E & W back-in sites and about an equal number of pull thrus with E & W and most with 50 amp and cable. Also about six NHU back-in sites. The back-ins are good size, but a big rig with a tow might not fit and the pull thrus were mostly full when we were there so you might want to reserve. No sewers, but there is a dump station. The spring feeds several small streams and there is a great viewing platform by a wetland area where I saw several species of waterbirds and turtles. The birding wasn't that great while we were there, but watching the bunnies and the road runners was great fun. There's lots of "grass" around but it has stickers so the dog stayed on the pavement. The showers are not great. The room is bright, but old with stains and peeling paint. The shower is a push button that runs for a whole 10 seconds unless you hold it in. I ended up backing up to it and holding it in with my butt so that I could have both hands free to wash & rinse my hair! Pressure was fair but there was plenty of hot water. The pool is the centerpiece of the place though and absolutely wonderful on a hot day. It's enormous (1.75 acres!) and there are tons of little fish that will follow you around and nibble on your toes. Quite a few catfish in the right hand arm of the pool. I had six of them swimming around me. Got some great underwater pictures. At $14 per night (we have a Texas Parks pass so didn't have to pay the rip off daily entrance fee per person), including entry to the pool, the place is a great value. If I didn't have a pass and had to pay $10/day extra for two people I wouldn't have rated this place as highly as I did. We'll definitely be back as long as our pass is still in effect. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a lovely, destination park for us. It is clean, quiet and built to ward off the sometimes intense heat of a high desert - with shaded picnic areas, adobe walled bathrooms and that lovely, lovely San Solomon Spring - fed swimming pool (built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's.) We have a Texas State Parks pass and love the engaging towns of Marfa, Fort Davis, Alpine and usually take a day trip to the McDonald Observatory. On weekends the pool is very popular with families and scuba diving classes but we enjoy being a part of that. Most of them are gone by 10 a.m. Monday, leaving us with roadrunners, rabbits, nice park rangers and sweet maintenance folks. As other reviewers noted: this region can get rain and cold. Many of the sites have cable TV at the site and Verizon cell phones and hot spots work well here - even in the rain. Whenever we have checked, the bathrooms were clean. Once we noticed that the 50 amp receptacle on a neighboring site was broken, mentioned it to the office and two young people came out and fixed it within an hour...and came over to show us how to hook up our cable box. :) We have experienced low water pressure but no litter or poor maintenance. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to Marfa and tour the handsome El Paisano Hotel which served as the base of operations for months in the summer of 1955 for a Warner Brothers film crew and stars James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson as the movie Giant was being filmed. Then go out into the desert viewing stand and investigate the mysterious "Marfa Lights"; are they swamp gas/ghosts/your imagination? Only you (or your children) can decide. 

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here for one night at the end of a long road trip in order for the kids to enjoy the springs. Unfortunately, it was during monsoon season and the park had had a few days of rain prior to our visit. The campgrounds are very poorly drained - a good number of sites were completely flooded out, our picnic table was an island and our tow vehicle was parked in 6" of standing water. The tent campers were mixed in with RVers, and with the flooded roads, a lot of folks had to cut through RV sites just to access the restrooms. We attempted to use the restrooms but they always seemed to be closed for repairs. Electric and water at the site were fine, and the dump station had easy access. Pull through site was level and a good size, we did not have to unhook our tow vehicle. Overall, it's a great park to access the springs - I just feel it wasn't up to par with other Texas state parks we've camped at. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here specifically to swim in the spring fed pool. Stayed two nights. No great value, you pay the nightly rate plus and entry fee each day of $7 per person. As a state park the grounds had litter on it, the guests did not pick up after themselves and the staff was not sufficient to deal with grounds upkeep. Again we came here specifically for the water and it was most enjoyable in the Texas heat. We would stay again for this reason. Then move on down the road. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

You go here for the Spring fed pool and the mountain views.

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Review Count: 137
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

The spring fed pool is the primary attraction and a terrific place for swimming. The campground though is undesirable and in much need of renovation. We stayed here for two nights during a cross country road trip. We have stayed here many times during previous years. It is apparent to us the campground and facilities are being neglected. Lawns have turned to dust and interest in keeping restrooms clean and in good working order has dwindled. The restrooms were not cleaned during our stay. The campground has aged to a point of no return and is in need of a serious make-over. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 300
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 58

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

The price for this campground is certainly right, particularly if you have a Texas State Park annual pass so that you do not have to pay the daily entry fee. When we stayed, it was very busy on the weekend, so that we could not get reservations, but the weekday was less than 1/4 full. The big attraction here is, of course, the pool. On the weekend it was full of kids, but, again, calm during the week. This is west Texas, so it is very often windy, which it was during our visit. It can also get very hot and there is almost no shade in the campground, although some of the picnic tables have shelters. We were able to get good Verizon voice and data. There are a few 50 amp sites, one of which we happened to get. We happened to be there during a moth infestation, so a week later, we are still trying to get rid of the moths. We would stay there again if passing though the area, but would not go out of our way. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

You will want to stock up before you arrive as there is very little shopping of any kind other than convenience stores.

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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Sure beats a rest area on I10 for an overnight stay. We have not stayed here for years, primarily due to the now $7 per person entrance fee, but now armed with that annual pass it was a no brainer. Coming from the east we exited I10 at mm209, then the next day back on the freeway at 192, so it's a loop. Got to pick a site and chose a pull through with a nice ramada and 50 amp service for $17. Super quiet and pleasant to stroll around by the water, see various birds , enjoy a couple of hours reading outside in the sunshine. We certainly appreciated that 50 amps of power the next morning with a low of 28F. Did I mention, better than a noisy rest area !!! We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

One night stay. The springs pool area built by the CCC is nice, very unique. In the summer, swimming would be great. Desert, natural landscaping in camping loop. Quiet. Nice campground. we had a pull through. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed 5 nights in pull thru, per person fee per day of $7 if you don't have TX parks pass. Cable is snowy but viewable. Att 3 bars LTE, no wifi. Current campground host cleans the restrooms and showers everyday and does a great job, they are older buildings and could be replaced, but they are ok to use. Pool is 74 degrees year round from artisian spring. Gas station in town has a cafe with burgers and some fried food, burgers and fries were good, not much else in town. Quiet place to relax at, a lot of over nighters stop while traveling on I-10, only had about 10 campers in park each day. We would stay here again. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
24 pull thru
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

377 miles west of San Antonio is Balmorhea, about 55 miles west of Ft Stockton. This is a lonely stretch of I-10, so we were pleased to arrive. The 7 miles from the highway to the state park is well marked. The entrance and office are quite nice. This is a very small state park with 10 electric only sites, 13 electric/water backin sites, and 11 large pull through sites which also offer cable. Your air antennae will not find any stations here, but our Verizon JetPak had no difficulty locating a strong wifi signal. The spaces are large and spacious. Nearly all provide a covered shelter, picnic table, grill and fire ring. With only 45 acres, there aren't hiking trails...though I found a geocaching site. The claim to fame of this park is a 1.75 acre pool which is fed by an artesian spring and remains between 72 - 76 degrees year round. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

You need to add $7 per person park entry fee to the listed campsite fee if you don't have the Texas State Pass. This made our $17 campsite, $31 for the night.

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Review Count: 153
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 44

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice, quiet little state park in a real nice desert "oasis" setting. There is a combination of water only, water & electric, and w/e/cable sites as well as back ins and pull thrus. Most of the sites have a nice adobe picnic shelter. Didn't use the restroom or showers, but I stuck my head in and it looked clean and usable. We didn't use the swimming area since this was just an overnight stop, but it looked nice. Get what you need and bring it with you, though, because there isn't much to be had in Balmorhea although there is a gas station. No wi-fi, but Verizon was ok. I would definitely stay again and would like to in order to check out the swimming spot. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Truck Camper.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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