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Alpine Has Something For Everyone

Alpine offers small town charm in a remote and beautiful desert mountain valley at the heart of the Big Bend region. Enjoy shopping, dining, a lively art and music scene, comfortable lodging, and easy access to all area attractions including Big Bend’s national and state parks, McDonald Observatory, and the Museum of the Big Bend. Events include Alpine’s 30th annual ArtWalk (November), the Alpine Christmas Stroll (December), and the Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering (February).

Alpine’s Doodlin’ Hogwallops perform at Artwalk.Photo credit: Olaf Growald /

Marfa Offers a Wealth of Regional Culture

Marfa is an oasis of art, culture, history, mystery, land, and sky nestled in the Chihuahuan Desert. You’ll find colorful sunsets, star-filled nights, groundbreaking large-scale art installations, and small art studios. Taste the flavors of West Texas in elegant restaurants and far-out food trucks. Come experience world-class art at Chinati Weekend or get active on the Marfa 100—a challenging charitable bike race across the high desert. Enjoy the perfect temperatures to hike Davis Mountains State Park or visit Big Bend National Park (November). Indulge in a romantic Christmas getaway and wander the Marfa Christmas Bazaar (December). Leave your expectations behind and get to know Marfa.

Marfa Light Visitor Center.

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