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Campground Review: Balmorhea State Park, West Texas

Why we chose here? Making the long drive back from Austin across Texas to El Paso on Interstate 10, we wanted a couple of stops along the way. 

Location: This is actually a really lovely spot. Clear skies, quiet and a nice desert feel. The park includes one of the largest spring fed swimming holes in the world. The swimming looked beautiful. Unfortunately we were there during a very cold spell and decided not to brave the water. 

Sites: 34 sites, some dry, some with water and electric, and some with water, electric and cable.  All have shelters, picnic tables and firepits.
Facilities: Warm shower blocks and restrooms. Beautiful swimming area. Dump station on site. 

Groceries: Bring what you want with you, Walmart is the nearest option, an hour away in Fort Stockton or Pecos. 

Reservations: Yes, but we didn't need them.

Cell Coverage / WiFi: Yes full coverage AT&T and Verizon

Price Paid: $14 E-W

Date of visit: Nov 2014

Other:  Like all Texas state parks, drinking alcohol outside is against the rules.  I hate this Nanny approach, as I like a beer sitting by the fire.  We didn't see the rule enforced, but I don't like having to hide my drink like a naughty schoolchild. 

Would we come here again? Yes, it's a great spot not far from the freeway, but so peaceful.  It would be great to come in warmer weather and enjoy the water. 

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