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El Cosmico tents at night

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El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas

Cowboy culture and the avant-guard merge in Marfa, Texas. In a region largely devoid of people, the isolated cow town could have faded from existence, if not for the artists living and working in the ranching community. In recent years, cultural tourists have been making pilgrimages to the lonesome high plains of West Texas, emboldened by tales of the cultural hub blossoming in the hinterland like a cactus flower. Inky black skies, eerie ghost lights and unspoiled vistas ensure El Cosmico, a campground cum arts hangout, attracts plenty of visitors.