Marfa

Campground Star: Marfa Lights Viewing Center

Marfa Lights Viewing Center

Highway 90, 9 miles east of Marfa
Marfa, TX 79843
GPS: 30.2755, -103.8829
Nightly Rate: FREE

Marfa, Texas: where minimalist environmental art meets new American cuisine in the remote Trans-Pecos desert, and accounts of strange and unexplained phenomena on the outskirts of town have been reported since the 1800s.

No one is able to account for the mysterious dancing orbs—dubbed the “Marfa Lights”—that appear randomly on the horizon to the barren, uninhabited southeast. Draw your own conclusions during your overnight stay outside the popular Viewing Center.

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“We spent the evening watching the sunset and lights from our roof, and it was incredible,” said Campendium reviewer “188sqft”. “The mystery of the lights had us hooked and we had to see them for ourselves.”

“You have a 360 degree view,” added the reviewer. “There’s a restroom there and it’s fairly quiet. You’re a good 50 yards from the moderately trafficked highway. The cell connection was great.”

Campendium reviewer “RV Legend” wrote, “it’s a fun spot to stay for the night and view the mysterious Marfa lights! We arrived late in the day and there was plenty of parking available in the two lots. There is a fair amount of road noise and an occasional train, but otherwise this viewing area is a pleasant stopover. There are restrooms and garbage cans. No running water; however it can be acquired in the Marfa visitors center alley.”

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No posted signs advise about overnight parking, but the Marfa Visitor Center (located in the Historic USO Building on South Highland Avenue) asserts that it’s common practice. The standard “24 hour rest stop law” applies, and is enforced.

There’s no way to predict when the lights will appear; they occur during various weather conditions, and only on a limited number of nights each year. Explanations abound—from the science-based to the paranormal—about the lights’ origin and meaning, but to date no theories have been substantiated.

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