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The Marfa Mystery Lights

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Marfa, TX
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Spooky!

What a beautiful set-up for people to gather and watch the mystery lights. Made even better, the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
pupnpony
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Madison, Georgia
Silly fun!

The Marfa Lights observation area is very nice. It has built-in binoculars and nice rest rooms... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lauren R
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Mysterious dancing lights ("ghost lights") in the sky over Marfa after dark.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good29%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“viewing area” (74 reviews)
“viewing station” (23 reviews)
“car lights” (19 reviews)
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Marfa, TX
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What a beautiful set-up for people to gather and watch the mystery lights. Made even better, the night we were there, by an evening thunderstorm in the distance. Great fun to watch - and listen to others comment throughout the night. And the trains that...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Marfa Lights observation area is very nice. It has built-in binoculars and nice rest rooms. There were about 30 people there waiting for sunset to view the mysterious lights, and there they were! Several people announced their sightings, and I had to ask "There?...More

Thank Lauren R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took family and the walk to the place is sooo dark. Only one saw lights - it’s star gazing. We had better views of stars at El Cosmico where we stayed. I would book Observatory and skip this. With no one working there, it’s meh.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

...But kind of wonder why we bothered. A more appealing “ show “ was the visual variation and drama of the sky during sunset. Ranged from open blue to dark black rain clouds snd everything in between.

Thank Sarah M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at the Observation area right at sunset. It only took about 5 minutes or so for the lights to start appearing on the horizon. There would be singles, triples and at one time up to five lights in the distance. We stayed over...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time in Marfa and got to see the lights! I was so thrilled. Arrived around 9:30 and instantly saw a large white orb followed by smaller red and amber lights. Definitely worth the trip!

1  Thank Suzy8672
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went along to look for the lights as I was staying the night in Marfa. To me it was the Irish equivalent to searching for Leprechauns! More myth than reality but enjoyed how seriously some people took the whole thing!

1  Thank FinbarNIreland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There’s the famous Marfa Lights that appear in the desert that cannot be explained (or know one really wants to😎). There was an observation site with picnic tables, mounted binoculars for both standing and wheelchair levels. Historical markers all around the property with historical events...More

1  Thank Kirk B
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Reviewed May 31, 2018 via mobile

We were in Marfa the Sunday night of memorial weekend. We stopped by the Marfa lights viewing area at about 10.15pm and stayed for a short while. There were lots of people - we didn’t see the lights though, unfortunately! Maybe we didn’t stay long...More

Thank rachel_nz15
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Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

My friends and I went expecting to see more lights than we did. It honestly was so faint and distant for us that we had to ask some locals that we saw hanging out then they pointed out for us... it was still what seemed...More

Thank Yourpalmay
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Pam R
August 24, 2017|
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Response from melissaa416 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, on a leash
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elggirt
June 25, 2017|
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Response from Nyati818 | Reviewed this property |
It's open all the time because it is basically a roadside park positioned to give a good view of the lights. The lights come out at dusk so don't go there during the day.....you won't see them then!
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