“Let’s just get in the car and go to Marfa.” It’s an idea that’s been declared with regularity by certain creative sets in Austin now for years. At one time, just knowing about the tiny West Texas town was enough for educated, art-loving cool-seekers to identify one another. With a population of around 2,000, Marfa, Texas is a “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” town. One traffic light sits quietly at it’s center on the intersection of U.S. Highways 67 and 90. In the middle of the vast Chihuahuan desert, Marfa is a true oasis — and not just because of the running water. The town boasts a world-renowned art scene, a thriving film community, and the most stunning views of wide open Texas sky. Against the backdrop of Rothko-esque sunsets and rugged plains, everything here looks like art. Beyoncé blew the doors off our little desert hideaway when she posted pics of her trip there back in 2012. And now that the secret’s out, we’re ready to spill the beans on our favorite things to do in this tiny Texas town!
photographed by jennifer rose smith