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Marfa Lights Viewing Center, Marfa

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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Hate to burst bubbles, but this place seems like a gimmick to attract visitors to a small isolated town that needs tourists as much as possible. If you look at Google earth you can see there is a cattle ranch or something directly south of the viewing area, and some houses associated with it. Also a small landing strip and a hangar. Studies also said they are car lights, and likely some mirage illusions. There is a highway and a lot of roads where the viewing area woukd be. More of a hoax or misinterpretation if anything. It could also be these ranchers that live out there playing with people's imagination. If there were mysterious lights, they'd be right over their houses which can be clearly seen in Google earth. All in all probably a good place to make out and watch stars. ;)
  • A nice place to view the "Lights", or just to do some star gazing. There are restrooms available, which is really nice, but the on-site binoculars don't seem to work. Also, it's a little hard to find at night, so keep your eyes peeled.
  • While camping at Ft. Davis we took a night to go and visit the Marfa Viewing Area. It is a bit farther out from Marfa than we expected. The place was rather large with a large parking lot. Every place except the dark parking lot and the bathrooms were sparsely lit by red lights in order to protect your night vision. The big round building you see in the photographs house the bathrooms. They have vault toilets. We went there after dark and I couldn’t determine how wheelchair accessible the place was. Once you get out of the parking lot and get onto the concrete platform it would be very easy to maneuver a wheelchair. The viewing area has a few backless benches but there is plenty of room to bring camp chairs. AT&T cell services was very good there.
  • Roadside viewing area for the nightly appearance of the mysterious Marfa Lights. Parking, restroom, and viewing area located on US 90 east of Marfa and west of Paisano Pass. The Lights are in the far distance, so double-check sunset times, cloud and weather conditions for best viewing. Deep in the Chihuahuan Desert temps can vary wildly, so check night-time temperatures and plan accordingly for comfort.
  • The place is top notch, plenty of parking, however the lights... they're headlights from traffic on HWY 67 headed northbound towards Marfa, I brought my high powered binoculars and I could even see tail lights from traffic headed southbound that you obviously couldn't see with the naked eye. The lights always appear and stay in the same general direction, first appearing in the upper left of the blinking red light and eventually moving towards the right, appearing and disappearing but always in the same spot as they keep on moving to the lower right of the blinking tower light. Very disappointing.

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