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The Marfa Mystery Lights

Address: Marfa, TX
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Ranked #3 of 12 things to do 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

There is a nice parking area outside of town. We did not see the lights, but were not expecting to. The stars were magnificent!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We were driving by on Valentine's night and pulled over to see if we could see any of the lights. A local informed us were were lucky as there were a LOT of lights visible as we arrived. We have heard that you can not see these lights that often, I guess we were lucky.

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South Fallsburg, New York
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

When my wife suggested that we visit the site of the Marfa Lights I was skeptical. Although I believe that there are a lot things that happen that can't be explained, seeing lights in the distance was not one of them. We arrived at the viewing site at about 20 minutes before dark and someone there told us the lights... More 

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Nederland, Texas
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27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Locals like to go hang out on the weekends late, college town nearby. Friendly people, we felt comfortable enough to crash there overnight. Very clean facility, drop toilets, no heat or hot water, but well maintained.

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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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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