San Solomon Springs

Zane Bennett   Feb 05, 2024

A popular adage says that things are always bigger and better in Texas, so it should come as no surprise that we have one of the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pools, a 1.75-acre oasis nestled deep in the heart of West Texas. It’s also probably the best freshwater dive in the state. Plunge into a wonderland of temperate, crystal-clear water teeming with diverse species of vegetation and fish, and springs that bubble forth some 20 million gallons of water every day.

  1. The pool, which also accommodates snorkelers and swimmers, offers a controlled environment, exceptional visibility and abundant aquatic life, making it a premier site for open-water certification, night dives and underwater photography. If you’re lucky, you may see a myriad of colorful Mexican tetras, as well as catfish, perch, crayfish, softshell turtles and the endangered Comanche Springs pupfish and Pecos gambusia.
  • Location: Balmorhea State Park, four miles west of Balmorhea, on Texas Highway 17 in Toyahvale
  • Depth: 3 – 25 feet
  • Visibility: 40 – 80 feet
  • Temperature: 72 – 76 degrees (year-round)
  • Fees/Admission: $3/per person; night diving for an additional fee
  • Outfitter: Contact Toyahvale Desert Oasis Scuba (next door) at or (915) 375-2572 for rental rates and current diving regulations.
  • Helpful Hint: Gear must be carried a fair distance from the parking area to the pool. A dolly, which can be rented at the dive shop, or other easy-tote device, is advised for equipment and tanks.

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