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By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 30, 2019
Travel Texas

Antsing for a one-of-a-kind swimming experience this summer? Then you best head West — all the way to the tiny Southwest Texas town of Balmorhea. There, you'll find one of the coolest natural pools we've ever seen.

As Atlas Obscura explained in a recent piece, "Highway 3078, the road off the interstate where the hatchback is decomposing, bends and veers past gated ranches and hills until, at the outskirts of Balmorhea, the monotonous beige on the side of the road transforms into a crystalline blue." Writer Mark Dent continues: "In the middle of Southwest Texas, at the eastern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, 15 million gallons of water see the light of day after waiting underground for thousands of years." At this wondrous natural site, the San Solomon Springs cascade into a sprawling pool where endangered pupfish and gambusia swim freely and people of all ages jump off of several diving boards.

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Balmorhea State Park was built in the 1930s and also has areas for picnics, a section for sports, and a playground.  According to the state park's website, it's also the largest spring-fed swimming pool in the world. Should you choose to keep the fun rolling all night long, there are 34 campsites and a motel-style lodge, the San Solomon Springs Courts

In 2019, the park will be closed May 5th to 11th 2019 for its annual pool cleaning.

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Ready to hang out and swim with the pupfish? It's time to plan that West Texas road trip. Don't forget to pack snorkel gear for everyone.

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