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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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Fun, but no lights.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Niki W
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Midland, Texas
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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 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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
195 helpful votes 195 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Darwin, Australia
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128 reviews 128 reviews
36 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Don't be cynical, don't think about the science and just sit down and get swept up in the silly wonder of teeny little lights flirting away in the distance. We got there just on sunset and managed to find some desert antelope and a few floppy eared rabbits, as well as bask in a pretty amazing view! Bring a jumper... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Marfa is a mysterious and unusual place to visit. Families, international tourists and hipsters are some of the visitors to the area. My personal favorite attraction in Marfa are the lights. They are creepy and who cares what causes the lights to appear. It is the strange experiences that attract people to this weird town.

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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

What's a visit to the area without taking in the Marfa Lights. Love the legend and all the different ideas that people have. You should go and formulate your own opinion.

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spicewood
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

If your out toward Marfa, Texas this is a must stop for the hole family. Is there anything here? Yes, there here. At dark you can see the mystery lights. And yes they show up every night. There is a nice viewing building, handicap parking. A balcony out back for viewing with high power binoculars for you to use. Also... More 

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El Paso
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We went searching for the lights two nights. Really didn't see anything or maybe we did. After the fact learned where to look and to take binoculars. Will try again on next visit. I think they are easy to spot with a bottle of wine or a 6 pack.lol But a fun time looking for them. In Feb it was... More 

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

There is a nice parking area outside of town. We did not see the lights, but were not expecting to. The stars were magnificent!

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