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The Marfa Mystery Lights

Marfa, TX
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They are real

I saw them last summer. It was 2 or 3 in the morning. I’d just downed the last drops of a bottle of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Midland, Texas
A misty night

Cold and misty Jan night so probably not a good time. I’m a natural skeptic but I’ll give it... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Houston, Texas
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Mysterious dancing lights ("ghost lights") in the sky over Marfa after dark.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good29%
  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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“viewing area” (67 reviews)
“viewing station” (21 reviews)
“car lights” (18 reviews)
Marfa, TX
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I saw them last summer. It was 2 or 3 in the morning. I’d just downed the last drops of a bottle of mezcal and the worm told me to look south. There they were... small white, yellow lights dancing on the horizon. It’s a...More

Thank odycar
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Cold and misty Jan night so probably not a good time. I’m a natural skeptic but I’ll give it another go when it’s a bit warmer.

Thank Stevey1631
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We definitely saw the lights. It’s 3 different small white lights that move and flicker. If you didn’t know otherwise you would think it was people in the distance with their cell phone. But they have been seeing these lights long before electricity.

Thank Dawn D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you are in the area it’s a fun evening at the Marfa Lights Viewing Area. Restrooms are available and a viewing area to see if you can see the mysterious lights. We were there on a very cold night so we couldn’t stay too...More

Thank rkserv2002
Reviewed 1 week ago

Totally cool. I remember my mom talking about the lights when she was young visiting family out in Marfa during the 1940's... So during a recent visit, I decided to venture out to the viewing facility. Sure enough, there were the lights. Saw four different...More

Thank MauiSteve96713
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't expect a wild adventure. You may or may NOT see anything. A fun after dark activity. Bring a picnic, warm clothing and something to sit on.

Thank lmaloney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for the Marfa mystery lights is fun if you are patient and don’t mind searching the night sky. I only gave this 4 stars because we had better luck in our car and on the road than we did at the actual viewing center....More

Thank DKGM07
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The architecture of the viewing site is great and having the desert as a backdrop is well worth the visit, but looking at the mystery lights were not at all what I was expecting. My teen and tween daughters loved it though, imagining the lights...More

Thank 33photo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just aside of town. Nice viewing area with restrooms and places to sit. We were fortunate to see the amazing lights! A must see.

Thank JohnJovi1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I like to photograph the Milky Way and noticed this stop on the way into Marfa. It's 10 miles outside of Marfa, but a pretty good dark skies area. There are restrooms and field binoculars set up for use. Didn't see any of the famed...More

Thank Rob M
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Pam R
25 August 2017|
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Response from melissaa416 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, on a leash
26 June 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!