Marfa, Texas Travel Guide & Trip Planner

Marfa is a city in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas, located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park.

Scene in downtown Marfa, Texas

It is the county seat of Presidio County, and is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 90, U.S. Highway 67 and Texas Highway 17.

Founded in the 1880s, Marfa is today a tourist destination and a major center for Minimalist art. Attractions include Building 98, the Chinati Foundation, artisan shops, historical architecture, a classic Texas town square, modern art installments, art galleries, and the Marfa lights.

The area around Marfa is known as a cultural center for contemporary artists and artisans. A not to be missed sight is Prada Marfa, about 26 miles from Marfa, considered to be pop architectural land art.

The Marfa Mystery Lights are visible on clear nights between Marfa and the Paisano Pass when one is facing southwest (toward the Chinati Mountains).

At times the lights appear colored as they twinkle in the distance. They move about, split apart, melt together, disappear, and reappear. Residents of the area have watched the lights for over a hundred years.

Presidio County has built a viewing station nine miles east of town on U.S. 90/67. Each year, enthusiasts gather for the annual Marfa Lights Festival. The lights have been featured and mentioned in various national media.

We always enjoy our stops in Marfa when visiting Bend Bend National Park, the Davis Mountains and Marathon.

Marfa Texas Visitor Center
302 S. Highland Avenue
Marfa, Texas 79843
Phone 432.729.4772
Website of the Marfa Visitor Center

Website of Marfa Chamber of Commerce

 

Welcome to Marfa ...Established 1883
Welcome to Marfa ...Established 1883
The Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa, Texas
The Presidio County Courthouse in Marfa, Texas

 

Scenes Around Downtown Marfa

The Palace Theater in Downtown Marfa. It was the Marfa Opera House before becoming a movie theater, but has been closed since the 1970s. It is now used as an art studio.
The Palace Theater in Downtown Marfa
The historic Texas Theater in Downtown Marfa on North Highland Avenue
The historic Texas Theater in Downtown Marfa
Scene in downtown Marfa, Texas
Scene in downtown Marfa, Texas
The City of Marfa water tower
The City of Marfa water tower
Marfa Presidio County Museum, 110 W. San Antonio Street. Phone 432.729.4140
Marfa Presidio County Museum

The Marfa Mystery Lights

The Marfa Lights Viewing Station, 9 miles east of Marfa on U.S. Highway 90 / 67
The Marfa Lights Viewing Station
Plaque about the Marfa Mystery Lights at the Viewing Station
"The Marfa Mystery Lights are visible on many clear nights between Marfa and Paisano Pass as one looks towards the Chinati Mountains. The lights may appear in various colors as they move about, split apart, melt together, disappear and reappear. Robert Reed Ellison, a young cowboy, reported sighting the lights in 1883. Many viewers have theories ranging from scientific to science fiction as they describe their ideas of aliens in UFOs, ranch house lights, St. Elmo's fire, or headlights from vehicles on US 67, the Presidio Highway. The mystery of these lights still remains unsolved."
Plaque about the Marfa Mystery Lights at the Viewing Station
Looking into the distance in West Texas at the Marfa Lights Viewing Station
Looking into the distance in West Texas at the Marfa Lights Viewing Station

Lodging In and Around Marfa

Hotels and lodging in Marfa, Alpine, Marathon and the Davis Mountains area
... TripAdvisor reviews, photos, reservations

The Hotel Paisano at TripAdvisor

Hotel Saint George at TripAdvisor

El Cosmico at TripAdvisor

The Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas

 

Entrance area to the The Hotel Paisano in Marfa, 207 N. Highland Avenue, opened in 1930
Entrance area to the Paisano Hotel in Marfa
Night and neon ... at The Hotel Paisano in Marfa
Night and neon ... at The Hotel Paisano in Marfa
The Gage Hotel at 102 E. U.S. Highway 90, Marathon, Texas
Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas


Sights and Scenes Around the Marfa Area

The Don Judd Art Exhibit
Read more at the Judd Foundation
The Don Judd Art Exhibit

Prada Marfa is a permanently installed sculpture by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, just off U.S. Highway 90 about 26 miles northwest of Marfa, near Valentine
Prada Marfa is a permanently installed sculpture by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, just off U.S. Highway 90 about 26 miles northwest of Marfa


The well known Food Shark in Marfa
The well known Food Shark in Marfa
The Beer Garden ... Marfa, Texas
The Beer Garden ... Marfa, Texas
Planet Marfa Beergarden
Planet Marfa Beergarden


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