El Cosmico

Wanderlust Destination: Marfa, Texas

In the vast and mystical Chihuahuan desert, Marfa, Texas is an oasis of alluring mystery and transcendental experience.

Located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park, Marfa was originally founded as a railroad water stop. Now one of the minimalist art and design meccas of the nation, Marfa attracts creatives and adventurers from far and wide.

During the 1920s, the community in Marfa began to grow. By the 1950s, it was nationally famous for its mysterious Ghost Lights. The source of the Fata Mortgana has long been rumored to be anything from UFOs, to wandering spirits. This mysterious phenomena has also been attributed to atmospheric reflections of campfires and headlights, although the first recorded sighting was in 1883, before automobiles were on the market. In modern times, atmospheric scientists hypothesize that the lights are a sort of mirage caused by sharp temperature gradients between cold and warm layers of air.

Marfa Army Airfield was the training grounds for several thousand pilots during World War II. In the 1970s, the army base lands were bought by Donald Judd, an acclaimed visual artist from New York City.  In 1979, Judd began transforming the fort’s buildings into art spaces with a vision to house large collections of individual artists’ work on permanent display. Though Judd birthed the contemporary art movement in Marfa, when he died in 1994, Marfa quite literally became a ghost town.  Tumbleweeds the size of shopping carts could be seen blowing down the road, and storefronts were completely baron and overlaid with dust. In the early 2000s, Marfa was resurrected, and thus began a kind of renaissance. Artists and Artisans opened new galleries and chic hotels, and the Texas government decided to make a roadside viewing post for the Marfa Mystery Lights.

Today in Marfa, you can expect to find modern art galleries, bohemian boutique hotels and restaurants, eclectic campgrounds, funky bars, and far-out festivals with the ever-ethereal backdrops of reverent desert tones. Take a dive with us through the dreamy high desert..

 

Do Your Thing
Words to Live By
Photograph Courtesy of Design Love Fest
Marfa Beer Garden
Photograph Courtesy of Design Love Fest
Miles of Horizon
Miles of Horizon
Photograph Courtesy of Design Love Fest
Marfa Lights
Photograph Courtesy of Design Love Fest
El Cosmico Airstream
El Cosmico Airstream
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
Sky Nature Teepee
El Cosmico Teepee
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
Glamping Teepee
Glamping Teepee
Photograph Courtesy of Camille Styles

 

Blue Texas Trailer
Blue Texas Trailer
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
Luxury Bedouin Tent
Luxury Bedouin Tent
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
Eclectic Lavender Trailer
Eclectic Lavender Trailer
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
Blue + Birch
Blue + Birchwood
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
Tangerine Trailer
Tangerine Trailer
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
West Texas Style
West Texas Style
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
Vibrant Pink
Vibrant Pink
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
Yurt Patio
Yurt Patio
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
Luxury Yurt
Luxury Yurt
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
"Pop Architectural Land Art"
“Pop Architectural Land Art”
Photograph Courtesy of Domino
Relaxation Station
Relaxation Station
Photograph Courtesy of Birch and Goldberry
Elizabeth Taylor in Marfa
Elizabeth Taylor in Marfa
Read More in Texas Monthly
Stardust Motel
Stardust Motel
Photograph Courtesy of Jason Weingart
Nearby McDonald Observatory
Nearby McDonald Observatory
Photograph Courtesy of The University of Texas
Desert Modern
High Desert Decor
Photograph Courtesy of Sugar and Cloth
Minimalist Style
Minimalist Style
Photograph Courtesy of Sugar and Cloth
Desert Marvels
Marfa Marvels
Photograph Courtesy of NPR
Hote Paisano
Hote Paisano
Photograph Courtesy of NPR
UFO Hunting
UFO Hunting
Photograph Courtesy of Camille Styles
Marfa Ghost Lights
Marfa Ghost Lights
Photograph Courtesy of The Art of Yoga School

 

 

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