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Where It’s At

Marfa, population 2121, sits at a unique crossroads of rural Southwest culture and international art Mecca. The town is equally influenced by its cattle ranching legacy, its proximity to Mexico and the vibrant migration of artists from big cities who have been drawn to Marfa since the early 1970's for its serenity and mystic quality of light. Here you will see a real cowboy and a major work of art in the same afternoon. What is now desert was once ocean, dinosaur homeland and Apache territory.  There is talk of an inexplicable, elusive phenomenon of lights. Marfa sits amidst some of the Southwest’s best natural and built wonders, including Big Bend State and National Parks, McDonald Observatory, Chinati Hot Springs, the Davis Mountains and Balmorhea. Check out our EAT/DRINK, SEE and SHOP maps for things to do in Marfa, and check out the EXPLORE map for things to do in the region.

The Trans-Pecos Pipeline

El Cosmico opposes the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, a 143-mile natural gas pipeline currently under construction in the Big Bend region. The Chihuahuan Desert is one of the three most biologically diverse arid regions in the world, and the pipeline threatens its pristine ecosystems and fragile ecology. We support the Big Bend Conservation Alliance and efforts to defend Big Bend, and we encourage our guests, as lovers of this wild terrain, to do the same.