The Stars aren’t the Only Thing Big and Brights

Marfa Texas is a small town in the far west side of the state with a population of just under 2,000 people and a few nightly visitors who thus far have escaped effective explanation.

Just outside of town, there is an Adobe building with a patio on the backside especially for viewing the phenomenon known as the mysterious Marfa Lights. Across the horizon behind the patio on the opposite side of Rt 67 bounces basketball sized lights. They float and dance high above the ground in the distance and flash in colors including white, yellow, orange or red. The lights are said to appear and disappear. First reported in the July 1957 issue of the Coronet Magazine, the lights are really the city’s claim to fame.

Some say the lights are paranormal and attach them to UFO or alien phenomenon or even the glowing torch of a far away will-o’-wisp which guides travelers off the safe route and into the unforgiving desert. Some studies have been conducted and explain the lights away as automobile headlights from distant highways and even environmental anomalies.

Today sightings are reported 10-20 times a year, and can last anywhere from a few seconds to several hours. Another visitor told us that in the summer, the patio is absolutely packed with curious onlookers hoping to catch even a glimpse of the Marfa Lights.

We stopped by at 9 p.m. to see it for ourselves. We watched for about a half-an-hour, and we were lucky enough to see a few white lights bounce and hop slowly across the horizon, appearing and disappearing a number of times throughout our visit.

Whether the lights are just headlights from an adjoining highway or Bigfoot waving a light from the far-away forest,  they make for a great way to waste away beautiful, clear Texas night. Want more info on the Marfa lights? Click here.