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The Marfa Mystery Lights

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

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

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Cool. The viewing center does not necessarily offer the best views

There is a roadside viewing center with rustic bathrooms about 15 miles east of Marfa. It is probably a safe place for everyone to view the lights. We saw 6 in a distance, some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
San Antonio, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

Thank devildog0800
San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There is a roadside viewing center with rustic bathrooms about 15 miles east of Marfa. It is probably a safe place for everyone to view the lights. We saw 6 in a distance, some were moving, it looked like distant headlights. There are scopes available. Driving back toward Marfa, we saw 8 to 12 lights closer up, flashing and moving.... More 

Thank TWueste
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A fun thing to do if you are in Marfa. Any non-cloudy night is great, even if you don't get to see the "lights" :-)

Thank nunyabiznes
Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Upon entering Marfa, TX one is met by an observatory built in the SouthWest Style that offers a place to await and view The STrange Lights of Marfa! It's a lovely spot for a picnic or taking photos or awaiting a glimpse of the strange lights that have been reported over the years. Scientists have offered various explanations for the... More 

Thank TedHanley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We got here at 9:30 and waited 5 mins before we started seeing random lights show up over the red blinking light. It made no sense where they were coming from. I took photos with a night camera and it's crazy. The lights appeared and disappeared in random areas. People say it's cars in the distance, but if that's the... More 

Thank Leriness
new york, new york
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to stare into darkness hoping to see these Mystery Lights then this place is for you! We went on a cloudy night so it was fruitless.

Thank bunkerz
San Antonio, Texas
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38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To find Marfa you drive 2 hours turn left at no-where and drive another hour or you are really, really lost. Since moving to Texas I had heard about the unexplained lights in the high desert of far West Texas. It was a bucket list item that I just had to see for myself. We arrived at the viewing center... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I just don't understand how or why these lights appear but within the first 5 seconds of our arrival, the Marfa lights were crazy and very active. I just don't understand. We even stopped by during the day and there is absolutely nothing there!!!

Thank J E
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had to have someone explain to me what the "lights" were and what I was looking for. They still look like a car driving or my favorite explanation - a little old man holding lanterns and turning them on and off. Interesting site, nice that they put in a parking lot, bathrooms and a place to sit and watch them.

Thank terabyte01
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't let anyone tell you these lights are simply some reflection of headlights on the highway. First of all they were reported in the 1800s, and second they don't act like reflections. They jump all over the place. Some mysterious fata morgana or a mirage it may be, but why only here? Delightful - well worth going to see!

Thank Shelley S

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