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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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No lights but great scenery

The Marfa Lights viewing platform is right off of HWY 67/90 between Marfa and Alpine. We went while there was still daylight and got a great view of the surrounding mountains... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Lieu H
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Fort Worth, Texas

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Andrews, TX
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59 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Well, yes, you should do it, so you can say you did it. Are you going to see aliens or have a metaphysical experience? Probably not, but that may depend on whether or not you're under the influence of any substances. It does give you a bit of nerd cred to say you've been, so it's worth it just for... More 

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40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My Friends and I were obsessed with the Marfa Lights while on our road trip through West Texas. We drove by the observatory at about 10:30pm on a Winter night. If you do that please take your blankets, hats and gloves with you because you will freeze. The lights are pretty awesome, you may have to wait a little before... More 

Huffman, Texas
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Went there thinking it was just burning gas clouds, now I do not know. Saw many lights, some moving quick horizontally and some vertical. Don't think it is aliens, but it is pretty neat to see. Nice observatory, No water in bathrooms so bring hand sanitizer. Can bring telescopes, we saw one permanent one there.

Austin, Texas
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100 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We were in Marfa for the weekend for the Viva Big Bend 2015 music festival, so we spent several trips between Marfa and Alpine passing this viewing spot. I didn't want to be in Marfa, famous for the "Marfa Lights", and not at least look for them. Stop to say you looked for the lights, but other than that, keep... More 

Houston, Texas
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My Father in Law and I drove out at dusk and stayed until Midnight, we saw a lot of man-made lights. But we also met a lot of neat people. I wouldn't go expecting close encounters of the 3rd kind, but all the other travelers were super nice!

Fort Worth, Texas
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51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The Marfa Lights viewing platform is right off of HWY 67/90 between Marfa and Alpine. We went while there was still daylight and got a great view of the surrounding mountains, like El Capitan silhouetted off in the distance. There are many markers detailing the history of the land that the viewing area had been used for in the past,... More 

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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

We followed the advice of a review in trip advisor that said to go see them at dusk. We went two nights is a row. The first night we got there like at midnight and saw nothing, but when we tried dusk in the second day, we're pretty sure we saw some. We video and took pictures. I know people... More 

Humble, Texas
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97 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

As a side trip on our vacation, my sister and I drove to the viewing deck at night and spent a couple of hours looking at what turned out to be a very active light show. Iwas kind of impressed. Multiple colored lights jumping around and repeating. It was fun. The viewing deck is right off the highway and looks... More 

Richmond, TX
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We saw the lights in spite of a fairly bright moon. No idea what the lights might be, but this was a comfortable place to wait for them, and we felt lucky to see them.

Plano, Texas
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156 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The viewing center is very nice and it's a fun evening. We thought we saw something once for a moment, but probably not. Take some wine or beer and enjoy the evening. The star gazing is awesome. Who knows?

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