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Marfa, Texas: Marfa Mystery Lights

Mysterious after-dark lights have haunted a stretch of highway since 1883, and a parking lot and viewing area have been provided for spotting them.

US-90, Marfa, TX
On the south side of US-90, either nine miles east of Marfa or 17.5 miles west of Alpine.
Only at night. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Marfa Mystery Lights

Locals told me that the viewing station was pointed toward the mountain, where you do indeed see automobile lights on the highway. The actual Marfa Lights are about 30 degrees to the left as you look out of the official viewing station. You may have to exit the viewing station to see that far to the left.

[MIke Woolsey, 06/05/2023]
Marfa Mystery Lights

The bathrooms on the viewing deck are full of bird nests and the momma birds panic when you walk in. In front of the deck is a plaque laying out some quick info on the history of Marfa.

The lights were stunning during my visit, and the sky was clear enough to see some constellations and Venus in the sky.

[Harmon, 05/21/2023]

Viewing Center.

Marfa Mystery Lights

There's a viewing station for the Marfa Lights. The lights were visible during our visit.

[Jody High, 11/25/2019]
Marfa Mystery Lights

Didn't see any lights there, but there was a very annoying hippie talking about shamanism nonstop while everyone tried to look at the incredible stars.

[Bridget, 06/12/2015]
Marfa Mystery Lights

Hate to break the code of silence, but every law enforcement officer will tell you it is just the car lights on that mountain. People drop off illegal aliens on that mountain all the time. You will get pulled over numerous times and be checked on that mountain because of this. Sorry to ruin the hoo-ha...

[Jolynn, 05/25/2015]

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