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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 6
Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $14.00
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.
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.
Review Count: 17
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $17.00
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.
Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
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.
You go here for the Spring fed pool and the mountain views.
Review Count: 131
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4
Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $21.00
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.
Review Count: 292
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 50
Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $14.00
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.
You will want to stock up before you arrive as there is very little shopping of any kind other than convenience stores.
Review Count: 75
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 9
Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $17.00
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.
Review Count: 52
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 7
Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $14.00
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.
Review Count: 17
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $17.00
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.
Review Count: 29
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 19
Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $31.00
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.
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.
Review Count: 134
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 34
Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $14.00
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.
Review Count: 10
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 4
Date of Stay: July, 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. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 41
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 8
Date of Stay: 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. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 20
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 5
Date of Stay: 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. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Motorhome.
Great location for day trips. Not much in the way of a store in Balmorhea, so make sure you stock up before you get there.
Review Count: 92
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 28
Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $17.00
We were in site #29. All 50A sites are pull throughs. The best feature of the park is the pool. It is enormous, cold, crystal clear spring fed water. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 79
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 18
Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $30.00
We're traveling West and were told to stop here to see the spring fed pool. Yes, the pool is something to see. Lots of people use it to scuba dive and the campground was full the weekend with divers. The office people were great and the campground was so/so for us. Since we didn't use the pool, not a lot in the area for us to do. The nearest big store was Ft Stockton almost 50 miles away. Be prepared with your groceries. The bathrooms were so/so. If you're traveling US 10 and need a place to stay for the nite, this would be a great park. If you scuba or love to swim this would be a great park in warm weather. The pool is a constant 72 degrees. Most of the campsites had a covered picnic table, grill and fire pit. If you're a large 5th wheel or motor home, request a 50 amp site, the others will be on the small size for you. We camped at Balmorhea State Park in a Travel Trailer.
For hiking, bird watching and more outdoor activites other than swimming, Davis Mountain State Park about 35 miles up the road would be a better choice. If we come back to this area, we'll stay there for the bird watching and the two towns in the area have a few more restaurant choices than Balmorhea.
There is nothing to do in the immediate area, but the park, though very small, is nice.KAP99 • February 2015
For hiking, bird watching and more outdoor activites other than swimming, Davis Mountain State Park about 35 miles up the road would be a better choice. If we come back to this area, we'll stay there for the bird watching and the two towns in the area have a few more restaurant choices than Balmorhea.smitty12 • April 2015
The Bear Den in Balmorhea had pretty good Mexican food and friendly staff.Cactus Jack • May 2015
Great location for day trips. Not much in the way of a store in Balmorhea, so make sure you stock up before you get there.Kgtraveler • May 2015
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.Ncw • January 2016
You will want to stock up before you arrive as there is very little shopping of any kind other than convenience stores.TheJim • May 2016
You go here for the Spring fed pool and the mountain views.jromo • July 2016
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. Mom_of_Two • September 2016
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