The World of Marfa: Highlights & Unexplained Lights From Texas Tourism’s Official Video

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Tony Maples Photography


An official “Things to Do in Texas” video by Texas Tourism featuring all things Marfa-related bring you an up-close view of a part of Texas that up until now you may only have read about. Posted on their official YouTube channel, the video runs just over two minutes and features some of their local art details and installations that they’re famous for, the unexplained Marfa Lights, who has witnessed them and who has tried to study them, and wraps up with McDonald Observatory, at over 1,000 feet above sea level.

“Breathtaking” is the only way to describe the view from the observatory, and the footage that Texas Tourism was able to gather from it. Minerva Lopez, City of Marfa Visitor Center Director, is the narrator for the short feature film and allows those that have never been to get an eye for a minute version of what Marfa is all about. The focus on all of the inviting things about the city, including historic buildings, artistic sights, the friendly people, and the great food, is central to the video.

With a multitude of great reasons to visit Marfa, it’s a wonder they were able to complete this video in 143 seconds, but including the elements of this wonderful Texas city that can be seen so vividly through the lens of a camera can only help their cause, as reading about it has done for many a year prior. The truth is, you really have to go there to experience it, but seeing Marfa in this light just might beat sitting out at night and wondering what in the world those other lights are all about!