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Address: Marfa, TX
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Mysterious dancing lights ("ghost lights") in the sky over Marfa...

Mysterious dancing lights ("ghost lights") in the sky over Marfa after dark.

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I didn't see anything

Silly me failed to understand I only can see lights at night and not during bright day time. We stopped anyway and confusedly looking for the lights. To make the stop worthwhile I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kasleykasley
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Irvine, California
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Pocatello, Idaho
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to venture the miles to Marfa after attending the "Star Party" at the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, Tx on January 19, 2016. We arrived around 9:30 pm to the viewing area and sometime between 10:00 pm and 10:30 pm we watched the Marfa lights! The skies were clear and it was around 32 degrees. The lights came... More 

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Del Rio, Texas
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42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a lark, we gave it a try. We weren't doing anything anyway so it was not a waste of time. It was a waste of gas though. No lights and too chilly.

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Thank dnola
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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334 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great experience and, yes, they were there. Unexplainable, except the scientific reasoning of atmospheric phenomenon - or.............. Worth taking in if you're in delightful Marfa.

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Thank smthibs
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited and were hoping to see the Marfa lights. We saw an incredible meteor shower and they looked like fireworks instead! Highly recommend visiting if only to see the Milky Way without city lights spoiling your view!

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Thank Christina B
Irvine, California
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171 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Silly me failed to understand I only can see lights at night and not during bright day time. We stopped anyway and confusedly looking for the lights. To make the stop worthwhile I used the potty.

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Thank Kasleykasley
New Braunfels, Texas
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a fun stop for my 3 teenaged granddaughters and myself on our annual Christmas trip. The anticipation was half the fun but it was too cold to really enjoy. We only stayed for a short time, as one of the fellow "viewers" was rude about our taking photos. Did see a couple of "lights" and were satisfied. Worth... More 

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Taos, New Mexico
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

I went to see the Mystery Lights a couple times, and each time I met and struck up interesting conversations with total strangers. Totally worth doing - more than once - just for the conversations. A super fun time!

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Austin, Texas
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45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I found it to be disappointing. All we saw was headlights in the distance, and I really hope that isn't what the hype is about. At least I hope they didn't build the observatory for headlights.

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Thank Annie J
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

We visited on a long road trip from Fort Worth. We admittedly did not stay at attraction long as it was freezing but it was something we had factored in our trip. We did see what we believed to be muster Maria lights the sky was extremely clear and the stars were beautiful. It's worth a visit just for something... More 

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raymore
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128 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

I expected to see something cool and extraordinary. What I saw was headlights in the distance, really! lol. Not worth the waste of time for me.

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