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The Gage Hotel, Marathon, Texas, just north of Big Bend National Park

Gage Hotel, Marathon, Texas
Marathon, Texas, is a bit of a ghost town that is struggling to revive itself. The town sits about 70 miles north of the entrance to Big Bend National Park and east of Alpine, Texas.

The Gage Hotel is the town's primary money earner, along with the nearby shops. Here's what they say about themselves:

"Located in Marathon, Texas, this fully renovated hotel offers: elegant accommodations furnished with authentic period decor, fine dining that will delight your senses and a pool perfect for an evening swim - all in a rustic West Texas setting surrounded by the mountains of Big Bend National Park."