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The Marfa Mystery Lights

Marfa, TX
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Worth a quick stop

I think we saw the lights. We saw 1-3 lights at a time far off in the distance across a field that... read more

Reviewed yesterday
wherewithalicia
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Dallas, Texas
Nice setup, saw the lights

They have a nice setup for viewers. You are not out far enough for good night viewing but we saw... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
vinvert1974
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San Antonio, Texas
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Mysterious dancing lights ("ghost lights") in the sky over Marfa after dark.
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good30%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“viewing area” (71 reviews)
“viewing station” (23 reviews)
“car lights” (19 reviews)
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Marfa, TX
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Reviewed yesterday

I think we saw the lights. We saw 1-3 lights at a time far off in the distance across a field that seemed to blink, fade, and move in weird ways. We went around 10:30-11pm and I think it would've been better to go after...More

Thank wherewithalicia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have a nice setup for viewers. You are not out far enough for good night viewing but we saw the lights. We have no idea where they originate but it was cool.

Thank vinvert1974
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe we left too early, it was a full moon, we saw no lights. The stars were great though and we enjoyed visiting with fellow watchers.

Thank Lisa K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Silly but something to do in a town with no other options. Some of the locals are true believers.........................

Thank MaryJo M
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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

A great conversation starter. Excellent facility. You decide what you are seeing if you are lucky enough to witness the "lights". We always stop by when we are near Marfa.

Thank MDNied
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Reviewed April 12, 2018

I so totally loved the stop at the observation deck to watch for mystery lights as well as being awe struck by the vastness of the sky filled with millions of stars. I had never really though about light pollution before standing on the deck...More

Thank 2fridad
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Reviewed April 9, 2018

Well we made the 9 mile trip east on US 90, definitely saw some lights, but . . . The viewing area was great for star-gazing as well once the sunset was 100% complete.

Thank Chuck H
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Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

The hype is better than the show. But— that said— it’s still just a blast to be a part of a mystery.

Thank Susan H
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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Oh were to begin .... we visited TX from North Carolina for spring break. We went to Austin, Big Bend and Marfa. We love to travel and had read much about Marfa in travel magazines and were excited to visit. We knew it would be...More

2  Thank Adrienne C
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

The atmosphere at the light viewing station was nice. People were friendly and sharing their knowledge of the lights with each other. We saw the lights and it was strange. I don't have an explanation.

2  Thank bmerry79
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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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