We have some good friends coming down from the north next week and they really want to go to Marfa, Tx and hopefully see the famous Marfa lights. Any recommendations on which RV parks to stay in. Anything else that is a must see or do in the area. As a native Texan I should be ashamed that I have never been to this part of Texas (the only area of the state I have never been too), but I could sure use some help on this one.
We have never stayed in Marfa, but have in Alpine at the Lost Alaskan RV Park, which is out by the hospital. By Texas standards, not that far of a drive from Alpine to Marfa. There is a roadside area outside Marfa on US-90 that is the prime viewing area for the lights and many evenings will have people waiting and watching.This time of the year, the Big Bend area is crawling with rattle snakes and tarantulas, so be aware of your surroundings at all times.
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We, and one other motorhome spent the night at the Marfa Lights viewing center a few weeks ago. We parked on the west side of the center and had a great view of the "lights" out the windshield. This was our 2nd overnight stay at the center. Neither time do I feel that I kept an auto from having a place to park. Plenty of space.
We have parked there too, and yes there is plenty of room. I didn't mention it, because the "parking lot police" on here would scream bloody murder.......Yes, that is what I would do for just the night to watch the lights and there is plenty of LE patrols through there, so no worry about safety either.
we, too, have spent a couple of nights there in the past and both times, we saw the lights.
but I don't recall an rv park in Marfa, so can't help you with that. as stated, Alpine is just down the road and has a nice rv park.
In Marfa, check out the hotel downtown. I hear they have restored it and have memorabilia from the movie "Giant".
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I'd stay at Davis Mountains State Park (some sites have full hookups). Sights to see include the cavalry fort that gave Fort Davis its name, and a Star Party at the UT McDonald Observatory. There is art in Marfa, but I'm more into nature than art.
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I would stay in Alpine at the Lost Alaskan--we did. Also don't miss the West Texas Museum at Sul Ross University--really interesting and well done. The Marfa Lights as a great viewing area just out of town as others have said. Lots of good eats in Alpine--BBQ, Mexican--Have a blast--We love it out there.
Thanks for all the replies. After checking RV Parks review, it does look like Alpine might be the best choice. Our friends are definitely not into any kind of roughing it, if you know what I mean. I knew there had to be a lot to do there, just didn't know where to start.