The best camping near Balmorhea State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Balmorhea adventure.

The best camping near Balmorhea State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Balmorhea adventure.

Camping near Balmorhea State Park

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Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Balmorhea adventure.

Cool off and swim with fish in the world's largest spring-fed pool, a Texas high desert oasis.  

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El Cosmico

40 sites · RVs, Tents21 acres · Marfa, TX
El Cosmico takes its inspiration from a long American history of hippies, nomads, bohemians and those living a life of self-determination. We believe in tuning in, dropping out and being here now. Vehicles are not allowed onto the grounds, so if you are staying in your car or RV you will post up in our large parking lot with easy access to the grounds. Tent camping is dispersed, so you pick your space within the designated camping areas that are indicated on the property map provided at the front desk. Front desk hours are from 7:30am-11:00pm daily. If you are arriving after 11pm please call ahead for late check-in instructions.
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Mountain View Lodge

3 sites · RVs, Tents7 acres · Fort Davis, TX
Formerly Mountain Trails Lodge, our property features stunning sunrises and sunsets, wildlife watching, and amazing dark skies viewing. And on April 8, you join us for solar eclipse viewing. We'll have eclipse glasses for our guests. We offer tent campsites and one RV site with electricity and water available, along with access to a restroom with shower and amenities, our pavilion with a gas grill and grilling tools, a fridge, ice, and picnic tables. We also have cabins for rent, visible on our website mountainviewlodgetx.com. We have seven acres convenient to many attractions, including McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Davis Mountains State Park, the Chihuahuan Desert Research Center, a 75-mile scenic loop, and more. Marfa, TX, a widely recognized community of world-renowned artists, is just a 20-minute drive away. Alpine, TX is also only 20 minutes away with more amenities and medical care facilities. We are located in a Dark Skies Reserve with spectacular night viewing of stars and the Milky Way, even without a telescope!
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$39
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Roy L.’s Land

3 sites · RVs, Tents3000 acres · Fort Davis, TX
Lizzard Mountain is located on Point of Rocks Ranch which was established in 1959 by my father Roy Rust Largent Jr., his brother David Largent, my grandfather Roy Rust Largent Sr. It is still a working ranch operated by my son Roy Rust Largent IV and is home of the original Miniature Hereford cattle.
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The best camping near Balmorhea State Park guide

Overview

About

The main attraction here is the massive, 1.3-acre, 3.5-million gallon, spring-fed swimming pool. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s around the San Solomon Springs, it’s long been a popular spot to cool off with a swim, snorkel, or scuba dive, with depths of up to 25 feet. The park is also home to two reconstructed cienegas (desert wetlands) that support endangered fish, birds, and other wildlife. The Balmorhea Campground and CCC-constructed San Solomon Springs Court motel are your overnight options.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. During peak season, plan to make a reservation as soon as you know your dates. Campsites can be reserved five months in advance.
  2. If you don’t have a reservation, arrive at the park first thing in the morning to try and grab unreserved sites available for walk-ups.
  3. If your plans are flexible, visit during the week, during non-holiday periods, or over winter for the best chance at a reservation.

When to go

Summer and weekends are the most popular times here. Water temperatures average 72°F to 76°F year-round and are particularly refreshing in the heat of summer. The park has strict capacity limits of 650 people per day, so it’s best to make reservations ahead of time. Visit during the week or over winter for the best chances of entry. The pool is usually closed for a week in early May for its annual cleaning, while a café serving snacks and water recreation items is open on weekends, during spring break, and on some weekdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Know before you go

  • There are no lifeguards at the pool. Swimmers under 15 must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult over 17. Swimming is not permitted in the canals.
  • There is no extra fee for swimming, but there is a dive fee for scuba divers, who must be certified and dive in pairs.
  • Pets, glass containers, and alcohol are prohibited in the pool area.
  • Do not catch or feed the fish or turtles in the pool or park.

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