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Marathon is a small town located in western Texas in the Big Bend Region. As of the 2010 census, the population was 430 residents. Marathon is called the "Gateway to Big Bend National Park." The town also likes to bill itself as the town with "nothing to do," emphasizing its' peaceful, quiet community with friendly people and a slow lifestyle. Marathon offers dining and lodging, a historical museum and historic cemetery, along with a county park located along the Pena Colorado River. Nearby, Big Bend National Park is one of the largest national parks in the U.S., but one of the least visited. Its' remote location in the Chihuahuan Desert is the reason for that, but even so, about 300,000 to 350,000 people visit each year. The park covers 801,163 acres and includes more than 1,200 species of plants, more than 450 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and 75 species of mammals. Most of the animals in Big Bend Park are not visible in the day, particularly in the desert. However, the park comes alive at night, with many of the animals foraging for food. Animals that include cougar, black-tailed jackrabbit, kangaroo rat, greater roadrunner, coyote, Mexican black bears and golden eagles. Activities in Big Bend, near Lajitas, include hiking and backpacking along 245 miles of the Rio Grande. There are also professional river outfitters that provide tours of the river, and birdwatching is also popular.

Surrounding areas: Alpine, Texas (26.0 mi)

Marathon Vacation Rentals

Marathon Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Oak Tree Inn2407 E Holland AveAlpine, TX25.1 mi.(432) 837-5711
Alpine Classic Inn2401 E Hwy 90Alpine, TX25.9 mi.(432) 837-1530
Ramada Limited Of Alpine2800 W Hwy 90Alpine, TX25.9 mi.(432) 837-1100

Marathon Weather & Climate

The Western Big Bend Region of Texas has an arid, desert climate with very hot summers and mild winters. There is usually little to no humidity in summer. Also called the Trans-Pecos Region, it's the region farthest west in the state and consists of both desert and mountains. It's the driest area of the state, and the sun shines 302 days per year. The average annual rainfall is only 9 to 16 inches. Most rainfall is received in the summertime, and thunderstorms are possible. Temperatures in the higher mountain areas are slightly cooler than below. Occasional, brief periods of cloudy weather may occur during the winter months. Snow is rare, but occasional cold fronts can bring temperatures well below freezing. Due to the dry climate, the area often has wind and dust storms, especially from March to early May.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 62°F 27°F 0.37 in. -
February 65°F 30°F 0.36 in. -
March 72°F 37°F 0.24 in. -
April 79°F 44°F 0.61 in. -
May 86°F 53°F 1.61 in. -
June 91°F 60°F 1.91 in. -
July 90°F 62°F 2.33 in. -
August 89°F 61°F 2.09 in. -
September 85°F 56°F 2.46 in. -
October 79°F 46°F 1.60 in. -
November 70°F 35°F 0.40 in. -
December 64°F 28°F 0.53 in. -

Marathon Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Alpine Casparis Municipal airport (E38) located about 27 miles northwest of Marathon in Alpine, Texas, the Marfa Municipal airport (MRF) located approximately 46 miles west of Marathon in Marfa, Texas, and finally the Fort Stockton Pecos County airport (FST) located roughly 52 miles northeast of Marathon in Fort Stockton, Texas.

Marathon Attractions

Golf Courses
Alpine Country ClubAlpineTX25.7 mi.

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