Marfa, Texas: Marfa Mystery Lights

Mysterious lights have haunted a stretch of highway since 1883, and a parking area has been provided for viewing them.
Address:
US Hwy 90, Marfa, TX
Directions:
US Hwy 67/90 - 9 mi. east of Marfa, Texas in west Texas.
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Marfa Mystery Lights

I have been there dozens of times and saw the light every time except once. There is now an official viewing structure to visit and stand to see the lights. The State built it and maintains it. There is low lighting, so you don't lose your night vision, and restrooms. The wall of the structure helps block headlights from the road.

[Martha Decker, 07/24/2012]
Bad photo of the historical marker. Marfa Mystery Lights

Mysterious green/yellow lights found on a stretch of US Hwy 67/90. They can best be seen looking southwest across Mitchell Flat, in the direction of a low range known as the Cuesto del Burro mountains. Many scientists have studied the lights and none have an explanation.

[Lindy Housson, 03/29/2005]

The mysterious lights at Marfa were first reported in 1883, and still stump scientific observers -- at times explained as camp fires, phosphorescent minerals, swamp gas, static electricity, St. Elmos Fire, and Ghost Lights. The blobs of illumination appear on clear nights. A historical marker is located at the prime viewing vista, a parking area right off of Hwy 90 -- which is also a prime make-out/hook-up spot. We advise against attempting to use a flash when photographing the mysterious lights, or even the historical marker.

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