Hot Springs

Marathon, Texas

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The Hot Springs area along the Rio Grande River is a prehistoric site visited by early humans thousands of years ago, a fact evident in the rock art they left behind on the limestone cliffs. Later, settlers arrived to partake of the “healing” waters. Today’s hikers may do so as well. The trailhead for this short hike is found just beyond the parking area. The trail soon passes a stone building that once housed a post office and general store that belonged to J. O. Langford. Settler Langford claimed the area in 1909 using the Homestead Act, arriving in the region for health reasons. He had contracted malaria as a child, never fully recovered, and hearing of the existence of the hot springs and their curative powers, decided to move his family West.
100 Classic Hikes in Texas

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100 Classic Hikes in Texas

by E. Dan Klepper (The Mountaineers Books)

The Hot Springs area along the Rio Grande River is a prehistoric site visited by early humans thousands of years ago, a fact evident in the rock art they left behind on the limestone cliffs. Later, settlers arrived to partake of the “healing” waters.

Today’s hikers may do so as well. The trailhead for this short hike is found just beyond the parking area. The trail soon passes a stone building that once housed a post office and general store that belonged to J. O. Langford. Settler Langford claimed the area in 1909 using the Homestead Act, arriving in the region for health reasons. He had contracted malaria as a child, never fully recovered, and hearing of the existence of the hot springs and their curative powers, decided to move his family West.

©  E. Dan Klepper/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Marathon
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best in Winter
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park
Local Maps: USGS Rio Grande Village
Driving Directions: Directions to Hot Springs

Recent Trail Reviews

3/2/2011
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Short but sweet trail. Along the Rio Grande...very easy. Past some historical buildings. End up at a hotspring on the Rio Grande. Take your shoes off and warm up in hot spring or cool down in Rio Grande. Last 1/2 mile scarey on road as you are on narrow shelf road ...drop not too great but would not be good for car to go off.



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