Marfa is located in the high plains desert, at an altitude of 4800 feet. When reserving accommodations between November and March, please keep in mind that evening temperatures may fall below 32 degrees. When temperatures drop below freezing, the pipes and the outdoor bath houses will freeze.
WHERE IT’S AT
Marfa, population 1,974, 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 State Parks. Check out our Places To Go map for things to do in Marfa, and in the region.
Below is a list of things to know and to bring in order to maximize your enjoyment at El Cosmico. If you have questions, feel free to call us at (432) 729-1950.
- Lobby hours are 7:30am – 11pm daily. Check in starts at 3pm and check out is by 11am. If you are not able to check in during these hours it is important that you call the front desk at (432) 729-1950 so we can plan to leave an after-hours check in packet for you on the front door.
- Kids under 13 stay for free in shelters and self-campers
- If you are bringing your bicycle, tire slime or thorn resistant tubes are a must. These products are not always readily available in Marfa, so plan to come prepared.
- Well-behaved dogs are always welcome at El Cosmico. There is a $10 fee per dog, per day.
- Quiet hours start at 11pm.
- No open fires or outside alcohol are allowed at El Cosmico. Personal grills and camping stoves are welcome, but they must be used on a picnic table or other surface 3 feet or more above the ground.
- Marfa is located in the high plains desert, at an altitude of 4800 ft. When reserving accommodations between November and March, please keep in mind that evening temperatures may fall below 32 degrees. When temperatures drop below freezing, the pipes and the outdoor bath houses will freeze.
- You’ll be off the grid (mostly). WiFi is available in the lobby, but out under the big sky the service can be sometimes be slow.
- Guests wishing to host private events at the Brite Building or El Cosmico must make arrangements with our events staff in advance. No private parties are allowed at El Cosmico without prior approval.
- El Cosmico is a non-smoking hotel. Any smoking on site will result in a cleaning fee.
- Commercial photography is not permitted at El Cosmico or the Brite Building without express written permission from hotel management. Please contact us for more information.
- A flashlight
- Closed-toed, hard-soled shoes
- In the warm months, a lightweight, light-colored long sleeve shirt is helpful against the high altitude sun
- Lip balm – skin gets very dry at high altitudes
- Heavy jackets are encouraged for all campers in the winter, and extra blankets are recommended for winter tent, safari tent and tepee campers.
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