Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Just outside our region: Balmorhea State Park

Many people make a stop just outside our region, on their way to the Texas Mountains.  Balmorhea State Park is one of the most visited state parks, largely because of the unusual pool.  This is the Balmorhea State Park most people recognize...the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) made pool. 

The park's website says:
"the park's main attraction is a large (77,053 sq. ft.) artesian spring pool that is open daily and fed by San Solomon Springs. The springs also fill a 'cienega' (desert wetland) and the canals of a refugium, home to endangered species of fish, assorted invertebrates, and turtles. The pool differs from most public pools in several respects: the 1 3/4-acre size, the 25-foot depth and the 72 to 76 degree constant temperature. It also has a variety of aquatic life in its clear waters. With a capacity of more than 3 1/2 million gallons, the pool has plenty of room for swimmers, while offering a unique setting for scuba and skin diving." 

On our recent visit, we swam in the pool, but we also spent time exploring the canals and the cienega. We encourage you to do that too, on your next visit.

Tomorrow, more photos of the cienega, catching insects with the Tierra Grande Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists and water life!

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