Alpine is a friendly, bustling town of 5,000 people nestled in a scenic West Texas valley that feels like nowhere else in the state. A remote, high-desert jewel set among mountains and hills, Alpine offers shopping, dining, live music, the best variety of lodging in the region, and easy access to area attractions including Big Bend National Park, Marfa, Fort Davis, the McDonald Observatory, and more.

The core of Alpine’s downtown dates from the 1920s, rebuilt in the wake of a 1916 fire. Photo by Olaf Growald

Year round, visitors to Alpine enjoy The Museum of the Big Bend, a nationally recognized collection that highlights the vast geographical and historical record of the Big Bend region. Housed on the campus of Sul Ross State University, the museum offers traveling exhibits as well as a first-class permanent exhibit on the history and cultures of the Big Bend region. Other Alpine attractions include a multitude of murals, a historic walking tour, and the Alpine Cowboys baseball team, a proud member of the Pecos League. Games are held at Alpine’s beautiful, historic Kokernot Field.

Fall events include Trappings of Texas, one of the nation’s premier showcases of traditional Western art and custom cowboy gear, and ArtWalk, a free two-day downtown festival of art and music. Restaurants range from fine dining to food trucks, while accommodations include historic hotels, cozy guest rental homes, and more.

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