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The Marfa Mystery Lights

Address: Marfa, TX
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Marfa
Type: Mysterious Sites, Landmarks
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Owner description: Mysterious dancing lights ("ghost lights") in the sky over Marfa after dark.
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Dallas, Texas
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899 reviews 899 reviews
160 attraction reviews
294 helpful votes 294 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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8 reviews 8 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Pretty cool viewing location outside of town.. little chilly, but it wasn't too bad. The viewing location has mounted telescopes that are free to use. We didn't see any lights, but maybe it was just a little too cloudy/humid.

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Matagorda, Texas
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65 reviews 65 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

What fun! We stopped and we saw the lights! It makes for a fun evening to watch the lights appear then disappear. Explanation, I have none. It's a mystery!

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Austin, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

We want out in Oct 25th- don't remember time- we didn't know what we were looking for so we talked to someone who had been there before that said that you should be looking for lights that are going right to left or up and down because that is not a car- whereas if unit is going left to right... More

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Fort Worth, TX
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

What a treat! State built us a viewing site for late night trek out to see the interesting Marfia Lights. Real or not; worth the stop in this great area of Texas!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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121 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

There is a turnoff about 9 miles out of marfa with bathrooms that attracts crowds, while we did not see the "lights" we enjoyed the sky view away from city lights.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Fun and kitschy. When driving out at night, the turn off is hard to see because it's completely dark out there, but once you get there it's pretty neat. Random lights in the distance that get bright and then fade. Different colors too - we saw red, white, and orange. One was so big it looked like a plane coming... More

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Houston
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89 reviews 89 reviews
36 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We went out to the viewing deck and hung around for 30 minutes. Nothing. We read afterward that they only appear about 20 times a year so your odds are kind of slim. Maybe the Chamber of Commerce can only afford to send the guys with the glow sticks out there every once in a while.

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