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The Marfa Mystery Lights

Address: Marfa, TX
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Marfa
Type: Mysterious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Mysterious dancing lights ("ghost lights") in the sky over Marfa after dark.
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Type: Mysterious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Mysterious dancing lights ("ghost lights") in the sky over Marfa after dark.
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The facilities are great - lots of parking, interesting signs posted about the area - from geology to history. Unfortunately, the lights did not come out for us during our visit. To get here you just head east on 90 (or east at the only 4 way stop in town) and keep going for about 6 miles. Look for the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The Marfa Mystery Lights viewing station is a 5-10 minute drive outside of Marfa. The Lights were first reported by a cowboy named Williams in the 1880's The viewing station is an attractive structure with plenty of parking and clean restrooms. The Viewing Station was built with a donation from Clayton Williams and his wife. The latter Williams ran for... More 

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Austin, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

It was not too great, saw some lights that seemed weird but pretty positive that I could explain it if we went back in the day, mapped the roads and terrains. Honestly the star filed night sky was much more awesome to look at.

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Dallas, Texas
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197 reviews 197 reviews
102 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

We were staying in the area, so we drove to the viewing area one night about 9:30 pm. There is a sign about one mile ahead of it but it's still hard to see the turn off for the viewing area at night if you've never been here before. There is a bathroom here and a couple of historical signs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We drove the four hours through some of the most beautiful land in Texas to teeny, tiny Marfa for a chance to see the mysterious light show and we were not disappointed. It was truly amazing. We found out that the lights don't appear every night, but they did for us.

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ddmscool
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79 reviews 79 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Went to the observation lookout to see if anything would happen. Me my wife and about 20 other persons. Did we see the ghost lights? Not sure.

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San Pedro, CA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I stopped here for a bit one evening in Marfa. The viewing platform is a little tough to find at night, but is quite nice, particularly the use of red lights for the most part so as not to ruin your night vision. A family was there at the same time as I was, and they helpfully pointed out some... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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173 attraction reviews
318 helpful votes 318 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Headed out from Marfa after dinner to the rest stop, takes a bit for your eyes to adjust and the star gazing is insane. We were there at 8:30pm and the lights were dancing in the distance. Very cool, tons of people in and out while we were there. Completely worth a stop and should be at least #2 in... More 

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Dickinson, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

State of Texas has a viewing at nite between Marfa and Alpine at the mysterious lights that no one can explain! Restrooms and viewing area are tourists friendly.

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El Paso, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Left with a group of foreigners from Planet Marfa (foreigners = from Austin, not the desert). Other than the driver / host's long-winded story that muddied his theiries on the cause of those lights, his insight on where to see the lights was good. And actually seeing those lights behave (15+ times) what I later read others saw them do,... More 

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