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Marfa Lights

Marfa, Texas

Lights that race across the sky and grow and shrink in size appear almost every clear night. Legend has it that the lights are actually souls of braves that were killed while hunting.

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Tracy says:

October 5, 2005, 12:59 pm

I have been coming here since I was a child & it’s true, the lights are unexplainable – they have recently built a visitors center at the sight – a must see if you are ever out in the boonies of west Texas…

Beverly Ringland says:

October 22, 2005, 12:41 pm

The Marfa Lights have been on Unsolved Mysteries several times.
I love going to see them. The best way to see them is to stay away from the site until after dark, see the lights and wonder what all the hype is about….now return to the same place the next day. That’s when your mouth will drop open with sheer wonder. I’ve been to see them about five times and I live in Pennsylvania. Go see them.

Keisha Ringland says:

October 26, 2005, 8:11 am

i would really love to go and see these lights!!! i believe ya Beverly, you know, since you are my grandmother and all!!!!! LOL!!!!!

craig says:

January 31, 2006, 5:27 pm

I have witnessed these lights for myself on several different ocassions. It’s really neat to go and watch these lights dance over the West Texas Sky. Many people have tried to find out what they are and where they come from but as of yet no one has found an answer for them. Craig

keisha ringland says:

February 16, 2006, 8:49 pm

i really do believe ya bev!!!!

stephanny says:

June 6, 2006, 5:51 pm

i had read so much about the marfa lights and i really want to see them.i had read books and more stuff about those ligths.all tougth am still young all my friends think am dome.they tell me why am i saving money to go there.but i still want to experiment the unusual things about the world

Destiny says:

June 11, 2006, 11:46 am

I’ve never heard of the Marfe Lights, but they sound really interesting. Especially the part about them being Indian braves who were killed.

Jason says:

June 18, 2006, 8:52 pm

I, too, have seen them in person. The Marfa Lights where there when I was younger, and still there today. If you have not seen them, I suggest taking a trip there.

Dot says:

August 13, 2006, 7:09 pm

What Idiots!!! In May 2004, a group of Physics students from UT in Dallas conducted a study to determine the real cause of the mysterious lights witnessed in Marfa, TX. Wanna know what is the real reason behind the lights are??? Headlights!!

Thanks to the great big open sky of Texas, you can see for miles and miles. US Hwy 67 is approximately 4 miles from the Marfa Light Observation Site. If you go during the daylight, you will be able to see the cars traveling in the exact pathway of the “spotted mysterious lights” of Marfa. Imagine how many people have been fooled for so many years. Just a way for a small town out in deserted West Texas to attract people and money.

jennifer says:

August 27, 2006, 3:45 pm

I live in Alpine TX a small town near marfa and i heard some wild tells about that place like people who went to go have a closer look and not coming back Jennifer

johnB says:

August 29, 2006, 3:55 pm

Only problem with the headlight theory that people have been seeing the lights way before cars were invented

Mystic says:

August 31, 2006, 9:18 pm

Sure, I’ve heard the headlight theory too. But as
commented earlier, the lights have been way before
the car was around. And as for a small west Texas
town gaining money… viewing the lights is free.
They are on the outskirts of town and mostly people
go there to view them and leave (like my family and
I) so it’s not like the town is making a HUGE profit
off hotels or anything.

eli says:

September 15, 2006, 12:17 pm

Obviously Dot has not been to Marfa. The lights were first documented by ranch hands on horseback and they thought they were indian campfires. There was no highway then. Now these days some of the lights may be headlights, but you can tell the difference. The Marfa lights are very unusual and no car moves like they do. It is very remote and there is not that much traffic on Hwy 67 after dark. Plus, if you look at a map, 67 is perpendicular to Hwy 90.

virgo says:

September 22, 2006, 2:39 pm

As for Dot…have you ever gone to see the Marfa lights personally? I don’t think so. As a little girl i remember seeing these amazing lights. They also appear in colors, therefore i don’t believe they could come from headlights. Maybe you should do a little more research…..

kelli says:

October 4, 2006, 10:33 am

thanks, dot, but you’re way off base. i’ve seen the lights as well, and they’re colored, for one thing, and documented well before cars existed, for another. my parents are huge skeptics, but we happened to be in marfa one weekend for a baseball tournament, so they figured we could go check them out. both my parents are educated, intelligent people (mom’s a teacher, dad’s a lawyer) and they were amazed and left without a logical explanation for these lights. i’m not saying they’re ghosts, but they’re definitely not cars.

Carrie says:

October 4, 2006, 8:15 pm

I lived in west Texas the majority of my life & in Alpine briefly. The lights are great to go see. I have seen them many times. Someday, I hope to return & see them again. As far as the headlight theory, I have one question. Why is Marfa, TX the only place that headlights appear in this in this way? There are definitely other areas geographically similiar in west Texas that do not have these occurences.

Lauren says:

October 31, 2006, 2:51 pm

Regardless of whether or not you see the lights, Marfa is a really magical amazing little town that is worth a visit for the ambiance alone.

Lauren says:

October 31, 2006, 2:52 pm

Regardless of whether or not you see the lights, Marfa is a really magical amazing little town that is worth a visit for the ambiance alone. For one, is is home to an internationaly renown art center. Also, it was where parts of the James Dean film Giant were shot. I saw the lights, but they didn’t really move, so who knows…

chris says:

November 1, 2006, 11:39 pm

yeah dot… get it right next time

Christina says:

November 18, 2006, 8:38 pm

I saw recently went to Marfa in April of this year. My husband, sister-in-law and I all saw the mysterious lights. They would come and go, move around and dissapear behind the mountains. They also were different colors. I saw white, light blue, and a green color. Really great thing to see.

leli says:

January 31, 2007, 1:28 pm

well im 15 years old and i have seen this light ever since i was like 7 years old we go to Ojinaga and we always stop on our way back and they are color lights so i really dont think that this lights are headlights at all! I have been there alot but i always ask my mother to stop there cause i love to see this lights and think what can they be.

Abel says:

February 20, 2007, 2:15 pm

Well I have live in Marfa my whole life i have seen the Lights that occur to be jumping up and down. They are quite beautiful to me but i don’t know to everybody else hopefully nobody reveals the mystery other wise Marfa Lights will no longer be a myster.
Thanks,
Abel

jessie says:

September 24, 2007, 4:49 pm

i have seen these. and in all actuallity it reminded me of cell mitosis and meosis… it was an awsome thing to see and i recomend it to anyone who is new to texas…

Tracy says:

October 11, 2007, 1:03 pm

I have been coming here since I was a child it is awesome – the visitors center is very nice – a must see if you are going to be in that area…

Jesse says:

October 13, 2007, 1:50 pm

That headlight theory was debunked over and over. The fact is, the highway on the opposite side has had “sentries” posted to record when cars went by and there blocks of hours where there were no cars and yet, the lights still danced. If they were headlights, why were they reported back in the time before the civil war? They were reported after Texas won its independence from Mexico.

reags says:

October 20, 2007, 8:43 pm

ok dot, the lights are colored, move up and down, and have been around longer than cars or highways. i have seen the lights myself and they move entirely to fast or slow to be cars. some even look like they are coming towards you. i really don’t think that it is headlights.
also, we are not idiots or fools. and the visitation site is free, so marfa isn’t making money of it. get your stuff right.

ssm says:

October 28, 2007, 11:06 pm

Umm, I lived in the Davis Resort about 10 miles from the mountains where people see these lights. The legend doesnt say anything about spirits, people think its alien activity. Hence why they have festivals and all that and sell blow up alien figures and little alien toys. At least get your story straight before posting nonsense on here.

Paul says:

November 3, 2007, 5:05 pm

I absolutely love it when the egg heads from the science community come to our part of the country and come up with the “Scientific”reason(Answer?) to every thing. Then leave with egg on their face.Science can’t answer all questions. I would venture to say that at least 90% of the nay sayers have never been to Marfa.

Dave says:

March 17, 2008, 6:07 pm

I have seen them. I have heard the headlight theory but the lights appear out in the sagebrush below the horizon. they do look like headlights blinking on one at a time, then they disappear one at a time. Best time to see them is right at dusk. I’m sure there is a scientific explanation for them but people have been seeing them for over 100 years and nobody has figured it out yet. We drove south to the railroad and followed it west a mile or two. After a while we saw a light to the east along the tracks. it looked exactly like a train headlight, then we realized it was a Marfa light. Go see them yourself.

israel says:

April 15, 2008, 2:14 pm

These lights are for real, My good friends all live there we always sit out front and check out these amazing mistarious lights.

Lonnie says:

October 31, 2008, 1:46 pm

I’ve seen them several times. Always around Christmas time. I’ve seen one light split into two and those two split into two more each. For some of the skeptics (who’ve obviously never been to see them), Headlights don’t act that way…not to mention Native Americans have stories about the lights that date back 300+ years…

mom says:

November 9, 2008, 12:47 am

I been at the Marfa lights several times and it is true we have followed the lights as far as we could but we never caught up with it. Close by We visited McDonald Observatory of Texas A&M these professors work at night bimming a strong light toward the stars and the sky they work at night. I have come to the conclusion that it could be the reflection of the bright light bimming from the Observatory (telescopes) directly to Marfa but that is my thought. Many say it was a man lost in the desert still search and trying to find his way out. But my belief it has something to do with the study of the sky reflection.

Lynn says:

October 17, 2009, 9:37 pm

We have been to Marfa several times (from Illinois) and although my husband readily sees the lights, red, green, dots, bars, etc. I cannot see them. I have heard that not everyone can see them, and sorry to say I am one. They sound great, my eyesight is perfect, but I just cannot see them. Is there anyone else with this problem?

Preston says:

October 28, 2009, 7:50 pm

It’s distant headlights on Highway 67. A group of university students confirmed this, going so far as to specifically identify one of the lights as a vehicle from a chase vehicle that they were driving on the highway. The appearance of the lights corresponds to the distant highway when superimposed on a daylight shot.

lindsay says:

December 26, 2009, 4:27 pm

It will be cool to visit there since my parents are from Chihuahua it will be cool to stop by and see.

Zarec says:

December 28, 2009, 1:32 am

Would someone provide a link to verify the supposed study by “university students”?

Tiffany says:

September 12, 2010, 12:28 am

I grew up in West Texas, They are real, as a child I saw them several times, my dad took me to see them and I saw them several times with my girlscout troop, I live in Austin now, but I am planning a trip to take my 11 year daughter, I don’t know what they are but I have heard that back in the 40’s during military training exercises, their were plan crashes because the lights mocked runway lights, so they shut down the airforce base out there, I dont know if it is true or not, but its all I know, you’ll believe it when you see it.

dee says:

October 9, 2010, 7:33 pm

I have seen the lights a few times, I love going to see them, they definately are unexplained and amazing…I want to go back someday..

Lonnie says:

October 17, 2012, 7:51 am

My wife and I have seen the lights on several occasions. They really are amazing. To watch a light split into two, then three, then four lights, then merger into one again…no headlights here…These lights have been seen for many many years before cars were invented.

Mitch says:

February 21, 2018, 9:54 am

The Marfa lights are real ! – Though they are not a nightly occurrence, or “Jack Rabbits with Fireflies tied to their tails”! However, I along with others, have witnessed what look like flickering campfires “burn” and then go out. Soon, more would appear in different area’s off in the distance (ol’ timers did think they were Apache campfires) On another occasion, it started out small and grew into a huge gold light, several hundred feet tall and wide – Maybe larger! (Its a big, open county out there, hard to judge size and distance – no illumination) It diminished to a flickering point which traveled quickly toward the west (right), making good time, again it became a brillant huge explosion of gold light, and dimming down to the flickering point while heading west – It repeated this effect at least three times before finally dying out. It was moving fast — Yes, HWY. 67 runs toward the south, on the right side of the “Mitchell Flat” 30 miles away – You can see the tiny white headlights “creeping” down the mountain road (they are going at least 70 mph.) Ignore that, those are not the phenomena people behold. We are not talking about the small portion of that big, sweeping desert landscape the roadside viewing area provides. The lights occur in the area to the left (east) of 67. The book “Hunting Marfa Lights” is a worthwhile read, if one desires to better understand this “true mystery” – Believe what you want, until you see’em —

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