Texas To-Dos: August
West Texas (Beat the heat at Balmorhea)
Balmorhea State Park’s 1.75-acre, spring-fed pool is nature’s answer to Texas’ summer sun, with a constant temperature between 72 and 76 degrees. Set against the deep blue West Texas sky in the yucca-dotted foothills of the Davis Mountains, it feels a whole lot like paradise.
It takes time to drive out to this spot in little Toyahvale, about halfway between Alpine and Pecos on Texas 17, but a dip in these clear, blue-green waters, with tiny fish nipping harmlessly at you as you float, will wash away any road fatigue. The pool, open year round and fed by San Solomon Springs, thrills scuba divers with its 25-foot depth.
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the park offers motel-style accommodations, some of which have kitchens.
From the January 2013 issue.