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Marathon, Texas

Marathon, TX 79842
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Marathon, Texas

Marathon | Gateway to the Big Bend

Just a quarter mile west of the intersection of Highway 90 and 385, lies Marathon, Texas, a diverse historical main street village with shops, restaurants, galleries, groceries and accommodations to suit every taste and need.  Railroad and ranching are still part of the local economy and are the industries that founded the town.

Marathon, Texas | Gateway to the Big Bend
Marathon, Texas | Gateway to the Big Bend
Starting at the center of town, Post Road runs south for five miles to the Post Park.  With very little traffic and fabulous views, this road is ideal for running, walking and biking.  Wildlife such as deer, javelinas, turkey and even an occasional fox can be seen in the early morning or late evenings. 

Marathon, Texas | Gateway to the Big Bend
Marathon, Texas | Gateway to the Big Bend
Post Park itself is a beautiful secluded county park with a pond on the Pena Colorado River shaded by Cottonwood trees and surrounded by Los Caballos Novaculite Mountains.  Named after the old cavalry post in the mid-1800’s known as Camp Pena Colorado, it is popular in birding circles as one of the few accessible sources of spring water in the Big Bend region.  It hosts the longest running community event in Big Bend…. The 4th of July dance.

Visit the tiny local library and stop in for the Wednesday pre-school children’s program, or visit the Marathon Museum and old jail.

Take in local geologic features, from the bluntness of Iron Mountain to the north to the lightness of the Glass Mountains, one of the few exposed uplifted coral reefs in Texas.  While in Marathon, you’ll stand on some of the oldest rocks from the Paleozoic age (250-600 million years ago).  The Marathon Uplift exposes the Ouachita Mountains (Arkansas and Oklahoma) that were heaved up during the formation of the ancient continent of Pangaea (when all the continents were one).  Road cuts east of town on Highway 90 and south on Highway 385 expose spectacular features such as strike-slip faults, unusual folding and fossil fragments. 

Whether you are looking for dark skies, luxurious accommodations, a local haven, shops and galleries, bicycling, birding, running, yoga, hiking in the National Park or just plain relaxation…. Marathon is your town

 

 

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Marathon, Texas

Marathon, TX 79842
www.marathontexas.com/index.php
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