Balmorhea Lake and Balmorhea State Park

Balmorhea, Texas

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The state park and lake are near San Solomon Springs, a group of artesian and gravity springs that produce 80 million gallons of water daily; they are known as the Oasis of West Texas. The area has been an important camping area for Indians, pioneers, and ranchers for hundreds of years. The springs were once known as Mescalero Springs, after the Mescalero Apaches who utilized them. Key Birds: “Mexican Duck” (Mallard); Wild Turkey; Scaled Quail; Greater Roadrunner; Burrowing Owl; Black and Say’s Phoebes; Vermilion Flycatcher; Common Raven; Verdin; Cactus Wren; Curvebilled Thrasher; Pyrrhuloxia; Canyon Towhee; Rufous-crowned, Cassin’s, and Black-throated Sparrows; and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. King and Virginia Rails, Sora, Common Ground-Dove, Common Poorwill, Lesser and Common Nighthawks, Scissortailed Flycatcher, Chihuahuan Raven, Bell’s Vireo, and Painted Bunting occur in summer. Common and Red-throated Loons; American White Pelican; Rough-legged and Ferruginous Hawks; Bald Eagle; Sandhill Crane; Eastern, Mountain, and Western Bluebirds; American and Sprague’s Pipits.
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Birding Texas

by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)

The state park and lake are near San Solomon Springs, a group of artesian and gravity springs that produce 80 million gallons of water daily; they are known as the Oasis of West Texas. The area has been an important camping area for Indians, pioneers, and ranchers for hundreds of years. The springs were once known as Mescalero Springs, after the Mescalero Apaches who utilized them.

Key Birds: “Mexican Duck” (Mallard); Wild Turkey; Scaled Quail; Greater Roadrunner; Burrowing Owl; Black and Say’s Phoebes; Vermilion Flycatcher; Common Raven; Verdin; Cactus Wren; Curvebilled Thrasher; Pyrrhuloxia; Canyon Towhee; Rufous-crowned, Cassin’s, and Black-throated Sparrows; and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. King and Virginia Rails, Sora, Common Ground-Dove, Common Poorwill, Lesser and Common Nighthawks, Scissortailed Flycatcher, Chihuahuan Raven, Bell’s Vireo, and Painted Bunting occur in summer. Common and Red-throated Loons; American White Pelican; Rough-legged and Ferruginous Hawks; Bald Eagle; Sandhill Crane; Eastern, Mountain, and Western Bluebirds; American and Sprague’s Pipits.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Balmorhea
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best November to January for vagrant water birds; late July and August for migrating shorebirds
Local Contacts: Balmorhea State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Balmorhea Lake and Balmorhea State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2009
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If you find yourself traveling along I-10 in West TX during the hot summer months, do yourself a favor and detour to Balmorhea State Park for a dip in the spring-fed pool. It's literally an oasis in the desert. We camped there overnight on the way back to Houston from Grand Canyon. It was 105 outside but the pool was a cool 72. The campground is nothing to speak of but we were treated to a great light show from some distant thunderstorms, and interesting conversation from fellow travelers. Had the pool basically to ourselves, too.



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