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Marfa, Texas
Marfa, Texas
PO Box 787
Marfa, TX 79843
(432) 729-4772
www.visitmarfa.com

Attractions in City of Marfa

The Marfa Lights

The Marfa Lights—or Marfa Mystery Lights, as some call them—are a top reason to visit Marfa, drawing visitors from around the globe for a chance to see these unexplained phenomena. Accounts of the strange spectacle just east of Marfa began during the 19th century and continue to this day.

Ranchers, Native Americans, high school sweethearts and famous meteorologists alike have reported seeing seemingly sourceless lights dance on the horizon southeast of town, an area that is nearly uninhabited and extremely difficult to traverse. The mystery lights are sometimes red, sometimes blue, sometimes white, and usually appear randomly throughout the night, no matter the season or the weather.

While the source of the mystery lights is still a point of contention, the show goes on. By most reports, they are whimsical and friendly; other witnesses maintain that they are ever distant and aloof; and some sources claim they zoom across the plains at terrifying speed, only to whip back around and dissolve before hitting the dumbstruck viewer.
The cynics will tell you that this so-called paranormal phenomenon is just the atmospheric reflections of cars and campfires at night. The mystics will tell you that’s hooey.
“What roads?” “Which camp fires?”

The truth is, we just don’t know.

Everyone agrees it’s a mystery to be reckoned with.

There’s only one way to find out for yourself.

The official Marfa Lights Viewing Area is located 9 miles east of town on U.S. 90, towards Alpine. Bring an open mind and enjoy the great view!


Chinati Foundation

Chinati is an internationally known contemporary art museum founded by minimalist artist Donald Judd. It exhibits large scale installations by a limited number of artists on the grounds of Fort D. A. Russell and in buildings in the town of Marfa. Chinati features paintings, sculptures, poems, installations, drawings and other works by renowned artists Donald Judd, John Chamberlain, Claus Oldenburg & Choose van Bruggen, Dan Flavin, Ilya Kabakov, Roni Horn and many more.

Chinati offers Self-guided Walking Tours and Guided Tours of the collection.

Tickets are available on their website. Reservations are required strongly recommended as space is limited.


West Texas Road Trips

Consider Marfa your headquarters, with comfortable beds and great food and drinks. Just what you’ll want after a long hike, leisure bike ride, or photo safari. There are several West Texas road trips to check out that include favorite state and national parks in Texas.

Whether you’re on a Marfa vacation with friends or here for a board retreat, wedding, reunion or special event, West Texas road trips are a great way to spend an afternoon. Marfa is surrounded by several state and national parks and is near some of the most popular things to do in the Big Bend region.

Marfa is less than half an hour from neighboring towns Alpine and Ft. Davis, about 30 minutes to the Davis Mountain State Park, under 45 minutes to the McDonald Observatory, and just an hour and a half to Big Bend National Park. Grab a giant egg, chorizo and cheese burrito from Marfa Burrito and a freshly-made juice from Aster Marfa before hitting the road. When you get back, relax on one of the many patios in Marfa and reminisce with tall drinks and taller tales.

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Marfa, Texas
Marfa, Texas
PO Box 787
Marfa, TX 79843
(432) 729-4772
www.visitmarfa.com

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