Marfa Mystery Lights Viewpoint | Informal Campsite

United States

Details

Last Visited: 8 days ago
GPS: 30.275447, -103.884001
Altitude: 1494.0 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: No
Toilets: Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Description

A large pull out rest area with tables, restrooms and seating designed for the overnight viewing of the Marfa Lights. Overnight parking in all Texas rest areas is legal, but this one truly expects it! Added bonus is seeing the lights on the horizon. We did!! Highway noise and trains can be a disruption. Also lots of viewers pulling on/off the road may be an issue. None of this bothered us, but be aware. No charge for this location.

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Currently very crowded on a Sunday night in April. Probably won’t stay the night. Cars lining the entire parking area.

Stayed here again and had no problems. Unless you come on a weekend there is plenty of room for everyone, no matter what time you show up. Overnighted with four other vans and had a great time.

kind of noisy, headlights are kind of annoying, ear plugs and face masks recommended if you're a light sleeper. really great view of the stars at night. restrooms in moderate condition at the moment a couple of stalls in both the men's and women's rooms are missing doors so just be advised. no running water. picnic tables basically as everyone else describes it plaques detailing the history of the area around.

Nice place to park for the night. Pulled in around 6 ish right before the sunset and there were quite a few vans, trucks and an RV. Still space though. I would say get there before 5pm to ensure there’s a spot to park.

Restrooms are there although did not check them out to see if they’re up to par.

Right off the highway so it could be noisy if you’re not use to that kind of noise. It was ok for me.

After a long drive we decided to stay here. We enjoyed it. It was busy when we arrived but got quiet after awhile. There are cars and trains but didn’t bother us.

This place works great! Beautiful sunset and sunrise. I saw the lights. Not really sure what the big deal is though. Haha. Not too noisy for me. There is the occasional train and highway traffic. Great place for the night. Pit toilets. One bar t-mobile that worked for streaming Netflix on my phone.

Yeah it’s noisy beside the highway but it is also fun to be on the lookout for floating orbs with a bunch of other weirdos. Bathrooms are a little gross. Great place to stop before exploring Marfa, which is a fun little town to walk around.

What a great spot! Parked for a night here and really enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. A number of people gathered to enjoy the lights. No disturbance, easy parking along the curb. Plenty of other trailers and campers. Highly recommend!

Great place to spend a night. A bit busy because of other people coming to see the lights (btw we saw them 😉). No water, only pit toilets

We didn't see any lights, but had a good nights sleep. Bathrooms and garbage cans are a plus!

Saw the lights! Very basic but usable pit toilets. Stayed the night no problem. In and out zero on signal. Not good enough for working, but good enough for texting.

Stopped here last night, pretty clean, toilets good. The main downside in the highway and trains. As a rest area other travellers do sometimes stop to use facilities. No probs, just noise.

Great and quiet place to stay. More campers this nights. Toilets not so clean but open

Stayed overnight. We hunkered down during a wind and ice storm. There were about 5 other vans and one large RV. There was a lot of garbage all over the grounds. We stayed and picked up trash for about 30 minutes after packing up. Would be nice to have other boondockers in the area do the same. Was able to see the lights around 7am. Never seen them in the AM. There were more there than the last time I was there.

Not a bad place to stop on your way out of Big Bend. Pretty much as described. Close to the highway and railway line so you do hear the cars and train but we didn’t find it too bad. Several other cars, trucks and rvs there with us. Washroom facilities are extremely basic with no running water.

Roadside rest area, large lot ,highway noise but not too bad

Nice place with picnic tables and restrooms. Many visitors. Be aware that you cannot lock the doors in ladies restrooms.

Silly fun to try to see the lights. Basic rest area close to highway and train tracks. On the plains so can be windy and surprisingly cold for Texas!

Rest area not so noisy despite the rail nearly
A lot of people came to see the Marfa light. Funny to watch. No clear explanation about the existence of the light (atmospheric effect, car lights ?)
Pit toilet - no water

As said before, close to the road and train tracks but was not too bad at all. Not much as far as the lights go, but good overnight spot.

Beau stationnement et nous avons les lumières mystérieuse toute la nuit, un phénomène vraiment spécial. Très tranquille et plusieurs autres VR. Nice place.

Parked in the pull off area, ok bathrooms.

No lights 😢. Good for one night. Closed by street.

When you plan your overnight stay here, keep the folowing in mind. The railway track is less than 300 feet away and the US state main road 150 feet. Your exposure to the passing traffic is 100 %. Basically, the parking is nothing more than a roadside stop. Our night was reasonably quiet though.

just like original description. fairly loud with traffic and train and visitors until late. No water. free!

Pretty quiet pullout close to Marfa. Free.

A large pull out rest area with tables, restrooms and seating designed for the overnight viewing of the Marfa Lights. Overnight parking in all Texas rest areas is legal, but this one truly expects it! Added bonus is seeing the lights on the horizon. We did!! Highway noise and trains can be a disruption. Also lots of viewers pulling on/off the road may be an issue. None of this bothered us, but be aware. No charge for this location.