Mariscal Mountain

Marathon, Texas

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A moderately strenuous day hike to the rim of Mariscal Canyon. Special Attractions: Spectacular views of Mariscal Canyon. The Rio Grande cuts through Mariscal Mountain, forming the narrowest canyon in the park. Its sheer walls tower 1,300 feet above the river. Peregrine falcons drift high above the water, searching for prey. Mercury ore was discovered in 1900 on the north side of Mariscal Mountain, and mines wereworked sporadically until 1943. The River Road passes the ruins of the mines on the way to Talley. The trail is little-used, so you are unlikely to see anyone else on your hike.

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"A moderately strenuous day hike to the rim of Mariscal Canyon. Special Attractions: Spectacular views of Mariscal Canyon.
The Rio Grande cuts through Mariscal Mountain, forming the
narrowest canyon in the park. Its sheer walls tower 1,300 feet above the river. Peregrine falcons drift high above the water, searching for prey.

Mercury ore was discovered in 1900 on the north side of Mariscal Mountain, and mines wereworked sporadically until 1943. The River Road passes the ruins of the mines on the way to Talley. The trail is little-used, so you are unlikely to see anyone else on your hike."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Marathon
Distance: 6.6
Elevation Gain: 1,280 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Late Fall through early Spring
Local Contacts: Big Bend National Park 915-477-2251
Local Maps: Big Bend National Park topo map, Big Bend National Park "Trails Illustrated" topo map. Mariscal Mountain USGS.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mariscal Mountain

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May 2018