Alpine, TX 79830
City of Alpine
Alpine and its wide-open surroundings offer the space to decompress from city traffic and other concerns. Enjoy the gorgeous mountain landscape and relatively empty roads on your drive into town, and the small-town friendliness of the locals and staff as you check in to your hotel and browse the small galleries and boutiques downtown.
Located on the beautiful campus of Sul Ross State University, the Museum of the Big Bend is a must-see for each visitor to the area. It is a wonderful repository of information on the entire Big Bend region with exhibits highlighting the natural and cultural history of the area. Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Open Tuesday through Sunday.
Alpine’s downtown boasts a growing collection of indoor and outdoor murals, including a recent series celebrating the history and culture of the Big Bend region by muralist Stylle Read with help from local volunteers.
Kokernot Field, a 1940s Wrigley-style ballpark of local granite with wrought-iron detailing, is the home of the Alpine Cowboys professional baseball club, a part of the Texas-New Mexico Pecos League. From May through July, enjoy America’s pastime against a backdrop of Texas mountains.
Hike Hancock Hill
Hancock Hill, directly behind the Sul Ross State University campus, has a small system of walking and mountain biking trails that provide expansive views of Alpine’s valley between the Glass and Davis Mountains.
Local musicians play early evening shows several times during the week at local restaurants, while on most weekend nights both touring and local acts headline at Railroad Blues and Ole Crystal Bar. The Viva Big Bend music Festival brings 60+ performances to stages all over Alpine, Marfa, Marathon and Fort Davis in late July every year, and in November Alpine’s Artwalk offers informal performances at multiple downtown locations, and headlining bands at several venues.
Alpine’s central location in the Big Bend region offers easy access to all of the region’s assets. Visit Marfa’s world-class contemporary art scene, a view into history at Fort Davis NHS, astronomical wonders at McDonald Observatory, and the immense beauty of Big Bend National Park – and then enjoy the scenic drive as you return to your home base in Alpine for the evening.
The Alpine area is home to some spectacular stones that are rare and distinctive, including Red Plume, Black Plume and Bouquet Agates. Rock hunters have come to this region for many years to find specimens of these beautiful gemstones. Most of the best hunting places are on private land, but guided rock hunts are available in the Spring and Fall.
Alpine, TX 79830