Milky Way Over Marathon


Every day we learn something new about our little slice of West Texas.  Today we discovered that Marathon has a Class 1 dark sky rating.

We know what you are thinking, how exactly does one earn a Class 1 dark sky rating? Well, according to the Bortle Scale there are 9 different types of night skies. A Class 9 night sky is what you might see in a city, while a Class 1 sky has little to no other light sources that restrict visibility.

In most cases you would have to go hundreds of miles off the coast to see a class 1 dark sky. Here in West Texas, Big Bend National Park has a Gold level Class 1 dark night sky, which makes it a stargazing hotspot. Our unique location only 69 miles from Big Bend puts us in a perfect location to stargaze from our porch. If y’all aren’t convinced yet of the dark sky beauty here in Marathon, when the Earth is positioned correctly we can spot Venus, Jupiter, Mercury and Zodiacal lights from our skies right here at the Gage Hotel.

So after a day of soaking up the sun by the pool, enjoying some evening cocktails at the White Buffalo Bar, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Milky Way in our Class 1 dark night skies!


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