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West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

West Texas Arts and Adventure

Marfa, Texas

Arts & Culture

The smallest town in Texas that everyone’s heard of, Marfa is a minimalist town with an oversized reputation. They say it’s tough to get there, but we make it easy.

EXPERIENCE DETAILS

Highlights

  • Turn an eight-hour drive through tough terrain into an easy 90 minute flight
  • Glamp at the El Cosmico, where the restored trailers create a comfortable camp experience
  • Visit Prada Marfa, the famous pop art installation bringing high class to the high desert
  • A private tour of the Chinati Foundation, an international destination for art
  • Discover the adventure of the West at Fort Davis north of town
  • Catch a glimpse of the famous Marfa Lights, an unexplained phenomenon full of mystery
Out in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert is Marfa, the smallest West Texas town we know you’ve heard of. Population, 1,800, it’s a seven-hour drive from Austin on some rough roads, but your quick hour flight with just enough time for lunch will make what’s usually a tough trek seem easy. 

After you arrive, your first stop is Prada Marfa, the famous pop art installation that plays on both minimalism and architectural land art and brings a taste of high class to the high desert. It kicks off an afternoon of art gazing, with stops at local galleries as well as the AYN Foundation, featuring several large-scale projects including Andy Warhol’s "The Last Supper". 

Check into your trailer — glamping-style — at the El Cosmico, where every home has been restored with wood interiors, worldly furnishings and AC/heaters. The 21-acre property provides for a comfortable camp experience, where the Wi-Fi intentionally does not reach the rooms (but is available if needed in the lobby HQ).

That night, try and catch a glimpse of the famous Marfa Lights, which randomly appear in red, white or blue along the horizon southeast of town in a nearly uninhabited area that is extremely difficult to traverse. Hit the hay before your second day, which will be filled with the adventure of the west at Fort Davis and the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Garden.

On your final day, take a private tour of the Chinati Foundation, where the permanent large-scale installations emphasize the way that art and the surrounding landscapes are inextricably linked. This pioneering institution is what makes Marfa an international destination for art, with more than 100 pieces by renowned artists including John Chamberlain, Dan Flavin and the Foundation’s founder, Donald Judd.

Before departing for the plane, grab a book at the Marfa Book Company for the trip. Make it a quick read, because 90 minutes after take-off you’ll be back home, no backroads required.

ITINERARY

Day One
  • Picked up from home via black car
  • Depart Denver via private aircraft
  • Arrive to Marfa Municipal Airport and transportation to Prada Marfa will be waiting
  • Get a chance to snap a pic in-front of Prada Marfa
  • Tour some local art galleries
  • Check into your retro glampsite called El Cosmico
  • Enjoy an outdoor happy hour
  • Dinner at an elegant American restaurant
  • Keep eyes open for the mysterious Marfa Lights
Day Two
  • Leisurely breakfast to start the day
  • Head to a neighboring town to tour the historical Fort Davis
  • Picnic lunch at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Garden
  • Private tour and a short hike in the nature center and botanical garden
  • Enjoy some downtime at El Cosmico before dinner
  • Dinner incorporating fresh ingredients, some from the restaurant’s own garden
  • Post dinner drinks at a classic West Texas bar
Day Three
  • Delicious breakfast where the pastries and bread are all homemade
  • View exclusive-access artwork on a private tour of the Chinati Foundation
  • Check out of El Cosmico
  • Tour a local gallery
  • Casual bite to eat before heading off
  • Depart Marfa via private aircraft
  • Transported home via black car

Accommodations, activities, and restaurants are subject to change in the travel industry. Any necessary modifications will be updated here and Manifest will ensure the modifications are in keeping with the original intention and quality of the outlined trip.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Black car service between your home and a private terminal at Centennial Airport
    • Round-trip flights on private aircraft to/from Marfa
    • All transportation in Texas as per the itinerary
    • Two nights at El Cosmico
    • All meals, activities, fees, and gratuities as per the itinerary

ACCOMMODATIONS

    • El Cosmico
    • Included in your medium trailer is a full or queen bed, indoor bathroom, outdoor shower, a cedar deck, and an AC/heater
    • 21-acre site with communal hammock grove, outdoor kitchen and dining area, a community lounge and mercantile, and wood fired hot tubs

WHAT TO BRING

    • 2 Sets of casual day clothes
    • 2 Sets of casual dinner clothes
    • 1 Jacket for the evenings as desired
    • Versatile footwear- one pair good for a short hike
    • Personal toiletries
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottle
    • Camera
    • Flashlight

FAQ

Can this trip be done in the winter months? 
Yes, absolutely. Marfa is located in a desert so although it can experience large temperature swings throughout the day, it is still overall pleasant year round.  In the winter months, you can expect temperatures to be in the 60’s during the day and 30’s at night. Layering clothes is essential during this time of year.

What kind of hike will we be going on?
The hike is a 2.5 mile loop with about 350 feet of elevation change.  The short trail is on a non-paved surface which takes you around the Nature Center and Botanical Gardens property.

What if I purchase art in Marfa, can I take it back with me?
If the piece can fit in your suitcase, then no problem.  However, anything larger will have to be shipped due to the structure of our aircraft baggage compartment.  Typically, galleries can set up shipping, but should you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Manifest Customer Care Representative.

dollar 5,635 pp

double occupancy (members only trip)

Flexible Dates

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