It gets downright brutal during the summer months in Texas. There may be several consecutive days where we'll see triple-digit temperatures. So, having access to a pool or lake is imperative. But, did you know Texas is home to the largest spring-fed swimming pool in the world?

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That's right, we like everything big in Texas, and Balmorhea State Park, close to Big Bend National Park, is just that. With almost two acres (about the size of two football fields, it's the largest freshwater pool in Texas and the largest spring-fed swimming pool in the world.

Go big or go home, right?


According to, the pool at Balmorhea State Park holds over 3.5 million gallons of water. Being that it is spring-fed, the temperature is consistently within 72-76 degrees year-round.

Here's an aerial photo to show just how big the pool is. Keep reading for more photos.

Balmorhea State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife/Facebook
Balmorhea State Park - Texas Parks and Wildlife/Facebook

The deep end of the pool was left "natural" so there's a ton of underwater wildlife to explore, including turtles and some endangered fish species. The deep end of the pool is 25 feet so if you're into scuba diving, you can do that too.

It's like being in a tropical paradise, but right in the middle of the Texas desert.

There is no lifeguard on duty, so keep this in mind as you venture out into the cool waters.

Texas' Largest Swimming Pool at Balmorhea State Park

Gallery Credit: Chaz

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Gallery Credit: Chaz

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