Marfa Mystery Lights

Spending Christmases in Marfa growing up, one would think that I would have been privy to information on one of the draws of this tiny Texas town:  the Marfa Mystery Lights. However, it was a subject that didn’t come up at the Zubiate dining table, that is, until Kurt began sharing meals there.

But, once the million dollar question of “Do you know anything about the Marfa Lights?” was asked, stories began pouring out like Cedar Falls after a heavy rain!


It seemed as if each of my cousins, uncles, aunts, (and even Grandma!) knew someone who had experienced this supernatural phenomena; old, young, rich, poor, and everything in between!

The Marfa Lights, or Marfa Mystery Lights, are red, blue or white lights that dance around the Mitchell Flat area, outside of town.  They seem to have no source and appear randomly. Numerous investigations have been conducted by scientists and others, and theories have been suggested, but still little about this West Texas Wonder is definite.


One thing is for sure; the thought of viewing such an unusual occurrence is extremely appealing; so much so, that, in 2002, a fantastic facility was funded and built specifically for that reason!


The Marfa Lights Viewing Area, located nine miles east of town on Highway 90, attracts numerous visitors each night…..


….however, it’s an interesting structure to check out during the day as well!


I’m not sure if we have ever seen the lights, but it’s always a lot of fun to go, and hear folks “Ooh!” and “Aah!”  at what they observe, staring out into the distant dark horizon.  I have to admit that it can be quite easy to get caught up in the excitement, and have gleefully squealed a bit from time to time, one, among many, watching the heavenly dance!




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