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Marfa is a small city located in the high desert country of West Texas. It's the county seat of Presidio County and is nestled between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park. As of the 2010 census, the population of Marfa was 1,981. The city began in the early 1880s as a stop on the railroad, but today it's known for its' artisan shops and historical architecture. Marfa is built around a classic small town square, but with the addition of attractive modern art installments. Other attractions in Marfa include Building 98, which is a historic U.S. Army base bachelor officer quarters, officers club, and grand ballroom. The most unusual attraction in the town, however, are the Marfa Lights. According to the Handbook of Texas Online, at times the lights appear colored as they twinkle in the distance. They move about, split apart, melt together, disappear, and reappear." Presidio County residents have watched the lights for over a hundred years, with the first historical record of them dating to 1883. Presidio County has built a viewing station for the lights nine miles east of Marfa on U.S. Route 67. Each year, enthusiasts gather for the annual Marfa Lights Festival. Marfa first became known as a cultural arts center in 1971 when minimalist artist, Donald Judd moved here from New York City. In recent years, Marfa has attracted a new wave of artists with new art galleries and shops.

Surrounding areas: Fort Davis, Texas (20.7 mi), Alpine, Texas (21.6 mi)

Marfa Vacation Rentals




Marfa Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
The Thunderbird Hotel601 W San AntonioMarfa, TX (432) 729-1984
Butterfield Inn Cottages201 State StFort Davis, TX20.7 mi.(432) 426-3252
Alpine Classic Inn2401 E Hwy 90Alpine, TX21.7 mi.(432) 837-1530
Ramada Limited Of Alpine2800 W Hwy 90Alpine, TX21.7 mi.(432) 837-1100
Oak Tree Inn2407 E Holland AveAlpine, TX22.7 mi.(432) 837-5711

Marfa Weather & Climate

West Texas has a semi-arid to arid climate. This region is the farthest region west in the state, and consists of the Chihuahuan Desert and isolated mountain ranges. This is also known as Big Bend Country Texas and the Trans-Pecos Region. This is the driest region of Texas, receiving on average only 16 inches of rain (or less) per year. It also has the most clear days statewide during fall, winter and spring. The desert regions have an arid climate, while the mountains areas have a somewhat wetter and more temperate environment. Winds in west Texas are strengthened as they are forced to push through canyons and valleys. Humidity during the hot months is 27 out of 100, which is comfortable. The U.S. average on the comfort index is 44.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 59°F 23°F 0.41 in. -
February 63°F 26°F 0.47 in. -
March 70°F 32°F 0.24 in. -
April 77°F 39°F 0.67 in. -
May 85°F 49°F 1.33 in. -
June 90°F 57°F 1.80 in. -
July 88°F 60°F 2.83 in. -
August 87°F 58°F 2.70 in. -
September 83°F 53°F 2.88 in. -
October 76°F 43°F 1.48 in. -
November 66°F 31°F 0.39 in. -
December 59°F 24°F 0.59 in. -

Marfa Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Marfa Municipal airport (MRF) located about 4 miles north of Marfa, the Alpine Casparis Municipal airport (E38) located approximately 20 miles east of Marfa in Alpine, Texas, the Presidio Lely International airport (T77) located roughly 50 miles southwest of Marfa in Presidio, Texas, and finally the Culberson County airport (VHN) located around 68 miles northwest of Marfa in Van Horn, Texas.

Marfa Attractions

 
Golf Courses
Marfa Municipal Golf CourseMarfaTX 
Alpine Country ClubAlpineTX21.6 mi.
 
State Parks
Davis Mountains State ParkTX20.4 mi. 


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