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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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Beautiful place to enjoy a dark West Texas night

Even though the lights didn't make an appearance, the stars were amazing! I couldn't believe the number of people out there at 10pm on a Thursday night!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Minneapolis, MN
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138 reviews 138 reviews
38 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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Tucson, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Even though the lights didn't make an appearance, the stars were amazing! I couldn't believe the number of people out there at 10pm on a Thursday night!

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Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Wanted to see the Marfa Mystery Lights for some time, so when we finally could go and see them we went to the place to see them. We waited, with lots of other people, and waited. After a couple of hours, unfortunately no lights. But even with no lights, it is fun to be at this place. Talk to other... More 

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Coppell, Texas
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127 reviews 127 reviews
26 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

There is almost nothing to do out here which explains the high ratings especially the high ratings from people who saw nothing. You could probably tell ghost stories with flashlights and an alcoholic drink and have much more fun.

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

It was my birthday and I had asked to see the west Texas stars. Hubs and I road tripped and planned to be at the Marfa Lights Viewing for the stars (and maybe the lights?!) We didn't see the Marfa lights, but this was a great viewing spot for the stars too! There are nice public restrooms, picnic tables and... More 

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Houston, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We saw lights although our group disagreed on what they could be. The night was clear, the stars were amazing. Well worth taking the time after dinner/drinks to drive over.

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Midland, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Just returned home from a weekend in the Alpine area. Spent a couple hours at the Marfa Lights rest area. Had no idea it was even there. Nicely done observatory, composting toilets too. But no strange lights. It was my birthday and I just loved seeing all the stars. Another couple said they thought they saw a few quick wisps... More 

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

mysterious but fun and peaceful. Nice drive and dark sky. Saw half dozen or so lights and was able to photograph some with a long exposure.

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austin
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99 reviews 99 reviews
23 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

A couple of other people asked me if what we were seeing was real or perceived....since we all saw the same thing, i say it's real. Very weird and ethereal. There was a moving, glowing blue mist, vertical lighting and convergence of light balls. Weird, but SO cool.

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Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We went to the Mystery Lights viewing area twice during out trip to Marfa and enjoyed spending time sitting on the provided benches looking out over the desert. This is constructed similar to a TXDOT rest stop with a few walking trails and plenty of space to park no matter how large your vehicle / rig is. The walking trails... More 

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