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The Marfa Mystery Lights

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Address: Marfa, TX
Description: Mysterious dancing lights ("ghost lights") in the sky over Marfa after...
Mysterious dancing lights ("ghost lights") in the sky over Marfa after dark.
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Not a Wow, but an Awe

The people giving this a poor rating from their reviews were expecting a wow experience so prevalent in our society. We were so fortunate to visit on a nite of a lot of light... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Fredericksburg, Texas
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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went to the Marfa viewing station knowing that the Marfa lights are not seen every night. There were about 50 people there by sundown. A couple people were pointing at a red light in the distance, which was joined by two white lights. As I was standing there looking at the lights in the distance, a... More 

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Fredericksburg, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The people giving this a poor rating from their reviews were expecting a wow experience so prevalent in our society. We were so fortunate to visit on a nite of a lot of light activity. Being a geologist, i am not easily fooled by false phenomena, and i found this very intriguing, searching for possible explanations in my mind. The... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Do not make a special trip to see these lights. Definitly a nuthin burger. The only reason I gave it 2 stars was because there is a free viewing platform. If you happen to be in the area anyway, then go see them, otherwise, not worth the trip.

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DFW
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

It definitely is not all that, looks more like someone off in the distance turning their headlights on and off at random. My wife did see a red light sort of fly across in the distance and disappear. Still, I can't help but think it was some people with lanterns or cars moving around. Not impressed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Don't be expecting to see a fireworks show at night. The Marfa Lights are literally just lights. As simple as it may be, witnessing the event is pretty neat. I got pretty excited when I saw my first light out there. Sometimes, the lights zoom across the desert sky and at other times they pop up and slowly fade away.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

What can I say? You head out of town in the dark, you find the optimum viewing spot, you watch lights in the distance move around, you make up your own explanations. More about bragging rights than anything else, IMO. If you're in Narga for art or anything else, you owe it to yourself to be able to say, "I... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The viewing station is more than adequate and nicely arranged. Unfortunately, the night we went, others had just seen the lights, but they never came back. I'd be willing to try again, though. Be forewarned that it's a desert, so even a nice warm day might turn into a cold, windy night -- dress accordingly!

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Austin, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We got there early so as to not disturb others with our headlights or flashlights. It was a beautiful night. We didn't see the light orbs but it was fun to try and figure out which lights are headlights from the highway (to your right) and wait for the orbs. There are (free) viewing machines. We gave up the wait... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

It was around 10:30 - 11:00 p.m. when we went to see the Marfa mystery lights. There's not much to do in Marfa late at night, so this is a spot where many people come to. The place is lit with red lights that don't blind you when trying to view the mystery lights, however, cell phone lights and headlamps... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

What a great place to star gaze!! Before you go look up mystery lights, maybe even watch a Youtube video or two. Some people saw lights behind every bush, other people didn't see anything. It doesn't really matter, you are here for the experience. There are so many stars, it is hard to pick out the constellations. In addition to... More 

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Address: Marfa, TX
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Marfa

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