The Desert in Bloom – Part 2

Over the past three years since we began to travel primarily by RV, we have discovered that we need to spend a night in a particular park to fully appreciate it.  Seeing a park in the softer golden morning and evening sunlight helps to see any location at its best, and this was certainly our experience at Balmorhea State Park on our most recent trip, not to mention how wonderful it was to finally see this little oasis in the desert when everything was green from recent rains.  After several day visits here over the past few years in the winter, we finally spent one night here last week for the very first time, in hopes that we might also be able to swim with the fish in the world’s largest spring-fed pool, but the cool and rainy weather on Friday morning changed our swimming plan.

The RV sites at Balmorhea State Park are great.  We were surprised at how many other RV campers were there on a weeknight like we were, and several of them were likely winter Texans spending a bit of time in this area before heading further south.  We opted for a site with water, 50 amp electric and cable television.  Yes, this tiny little park offered several channels of cable television with our $17 site.  Since we had cable television here and at our next destination, we were able to just leave our satellite dish at home this trip.  While we were not terribly impressed with the restroom and shower facilities in the campground, the showers in the building by the pool were much better.  I suspect that is where most campers shower anyway, and it is an easy walk to the pool area from the campground.

We arrived at the park in the early evening hours just before the pool closed for the day, and we took a nice sunset walk with the dogs around the entire park before enjoying a late dinner back at the RV.  The next morning, we also enjoyed a magnificent sunrise from our campsite, just before breakfast.  And even though the weather did not cooperate for a swim, we enjoyed one last walk around the park in the morning to take a few pictures before we left on our short drive to Fort Davis for the rest of our trip.

I will let the photographs tell the story of this unique little park for us on this particular trip.

The Davis Mountains and some impressive storm clouds to the south of the park
A beautiful sunset over the cienega
Canal by the historic cabins in the park
Canal by the historic cabins in the park
Gorgeous trees in the park
Entering the San Solomon Springs, the world’s largest spring-fed pool
San Solomon Springs sunset
San Solomon Springs sunset
Historic pool building with showers at San Solomon Springs
San Solomon Springs sunset
Davis Mountains to the south at sunset
Sunrise from our campsite
Sunrise from our campsite
San Solomon Cienega
Trail to San Solomon Cienega
A cute little cotton-tail bunny at our campsite

 I previously wrote about this park at Springs in the Desert at Balmorhea, if you would like to also read that post.  While this park is small as compared to most Texas state parks, it is full of history, beauty and fun for those that like to swim or scuba dive in the clear spring waters of San Solomon Springs.  We enjoyed our overnight stop here very much and hope to stay here again and again as we return to this area in the future.

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