Big Bend National Park
Located 42 miles south of Marathon, Big Bend National Park is a must-see. One of the largest national parks in the U.S., the National Park Service calls the canyons of the park “Texas’ gift to the nation.” The pristine natural park include stunning vistas and a wide variety of indigenous flora and fauna, a sight to behold and will bring about a euphoric connection with the Lone Star State. The national park, named after the bend in the Rio Grande that unites U.S. with Mexico, and nearby Big Bend Ranch State Park offer over 1 million acres of endless possibilities for adventure and discovery.
Adventure enthusiasts rejoice! The Big Bend region offers a huge array of wilderness adventures and outdoor activities creating the ultimate outdoor playground. Saddle up for a sunset horse ride. Raft down the Rio Grande through Santa Elena canyon. Hike the formidable South Rim. Mountain bike through untouched natural beauty. Enjoy bird watching in one of the most bio diverse parks in the entire National Park system. Contact our concierge for a full list of guided and self-guided activities in the region.
Explore the Region
Beyond Marathon, the towns of Far West Texas hold many other unforgettable sights and activities. Explore the Marfa art scene including the Chianti Foundation, a world-class museum dedicated to the art of Donald Judd and his contemporaries. Cruise into Alpine to visit the beautiful Sul Ross University campus where the Museum of the Big Bend tells the story of the region and features regional art exhibits.
Fort Davis, the highest town in Texas, is a charming, historic town with one of the best persevered frontier military posts in the nation. A little further up the road is the McDonald Observatory, home to two 20-foot Ash domes that currently houses a RCOS 16″ Ritchey-Chrétien telescope. Guests to the observatory’s Evening Sky Viewing parties enjoy a front row seat to the Milky Way.
Like to swim? Jump into the crystal clear waters of Balmorhea, the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. Contact the Gage concierge for info, ideas, and custom excursions.Contact Concierge