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.

US Hwy 90, Marfa, TX
US Hwy 67/90 - 9 mi. east of Marfa, Texas in west Texas.
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There's a viewing station for the Marfa Lights. The lights were visible during our visit.

[Jody High, 11/25/2019]
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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]
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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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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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