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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 Marfa...

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

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The viewing area was a pleasant surprise. It is large and clean with restrooms. Plenty of parking. It has a large deck and some benches for seating. There is room if you want to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
2014psr
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Dallas, Texas
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We sat and waited and about dusk we saw lights. I thought surely that's not them. It's like someone just turned a white light on at someone's house and you see it. They blink once in a while and show up in different spots. It's on a hill that looks like people live there. It's not like you see the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The viewing area was a pleasant surprise. It is large and clean with restrooms. Plenty of parking. It has a large deck and some benches for seating. There is room if you want to bring your folding chairs. At sunset the lights begin appearing off in the distance south and southwest. It does not hold the little kids' attention very... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Viewing area is East of Marfa. It is a very clean, well laid out place to park and sit and watch the sun set. Lights appear after full darkness has set in. This is not a place for small children who become very bored after looking into darkness for 2 min. It is a great place to enjoy the evening... More 

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Fulshear, Texas
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, we haven't seen the lights yet but our Alpine neighbors say that when the sky is right (sort of murky) they will be there. The viewing area is pristine and very nice. I think next we go we will take chairs to sit and spend more time viewing the sky and watching for the lights. It's definitely worth stopping... More 

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Thank Sharon H
Hobbs, New Mexico, United States
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Marfa, Texas is a quaint, charming town. Seeing the mystery lights made a recent trip a total success and it was a lot of fun watching and waiting to see the lights. We had been to Marfa once before but had not seen them, so it was nice to have another opportunity.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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511 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard of these for a long time. Since we were spending the night in Marfa anyway we decided to check them out, fully expecting to be disappointed. The town of Marfa appreciates the draw of this attraction and has provided a very nice viewing area. Picnic tables, other seating, restrooms, water fountain, parking and markers to read while... More 

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Cypress, Texas
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34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Orbs of light in distance, blinking on and off. Some loud, cackling ladies distracted from the mystery aura. Viewing station needs one fix: install a barrier to block car headlights coming from city of Marfa. When looking at mystery lights, constant headlights on your right. Messes with your night vision. Checked off the bucket list.

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Thank Kathryn P
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived at 9:30 p.m., but complete darkness is better! We saw to the left of the viewing center a white light that moved slowly but in all directions. It appeared very faint in the distance and as it got closer it got much brighter. It stayed for a moment, as if it was looking at us, and then just disappeared.... More 

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Thank Parrish G
El Paso, Texas
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if you don't get to see the lights, the W. Texas stars are a knock-out. But, last Saturday night a large group of us went out after a party and within about 10 minutes, the lights appeared! Something you've got to see to believe . . .

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In the words of my 7 year old, "Marfa lights are just lights." The lookout is a perfect place to watch a sunset, but the lights are ridiculous. I could only imagine how stupid the locals thought we were for spending our time here, let alone the embarrassed looks we shared with our fellow onlookers for falling for this scam.

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