You may have heard the sad news that the Balmorhea State Park pool is closed until further notice due to structural failure.
The damage was discovered during the pool’s annual cleaning. Park officials are evaluating the extent of the damage and taking steps to repair the structure. The pool will remain closed until repairs are completed.
Please consider making a gift to help Balmorhea State Park repair and reopen the pool.
The Civilian Conservation Corps structure was built in the mid-1930s and is the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. More than 15 million gallons of water flow through the pool each day, gushing from the San Solomon Springs. The 1.3- acre pool is up to 25 feet deep, holds 3.5 million gallons of water and the water temperature stays at 72 to 76 degrees year-round.
Additionally, the Balmorhea State Park pool is home to numerous species of aquatic animals, including two small, endangered desert fishes – the Pecos gambusia and the Comanche Springs pupfish. Habitats have been created outside of the pool for the protection of these species and numerous invertebrates. Steps are being taken to ensure the important habitats and species that call the San Solomon Springs home are protected.
The park remains open for day use only with limited facilities.