Alpine, TX 79830
Attractions in Alpine
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.
A recent series of murals by Stylle Read with help from local volunteers adorn several downtown buildings, celebrating the history and culture of the Big Bend region.
Sul Ross State University
A member of the Texas State University System, SRSU is the University of the Big Bend, with one of the most beautiful small campuses in the state. SRSU began in 1917 as Sul Ross Normal College, a training facility for teachers, and has since grown into a regional resource for culture and education, and a research center for biology, geology, archaeology and range animal science with a focus on Chihuahuan Desert studies.
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.
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.
Big Bend National Park is the crown jewel of Texas Parks. From the banks of the Rio Grande, through the Chihuahuan Desert scrub to the top of the Chisos Mountains, this massive park offers majestic mountain views in an awe-inspiring desert wilderness.
Big Bend Ranch State Park is one of the state’s best kept secrets. To the west of the National Park, Big Bend Ranch extends along the “River Road” (US 170) between Lajitas and Presidio, featuring both easy access to river vistas and rarely-seen rugged canyon trails.
Smaller than BBNP or BBRSP, the Davis Mountains State Park is nestled in a mountain valley a short scenic drive alongside the cottonwoods of Limpia Creek from the town of Fort Davis. The park features a network of trails through the surrounding hills, bird watching facilities, and the historic Indian Lodge, a functioning hotel and a State Park in its own right.
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center
Located between Alpine and Fort Davis, the nature center at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute offers an education center surrounded by trails through the Davis Mountains, an extensive desert botanical garden, a mining history exhibit, and gift shop.
The University of Texas McDonald Observatory is a world leader in astronomical studies, featuring multiple large telescopes, including the 11-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope, one of the largest and most sensitive in the world. Their Frank N. Bash Visitor Center provides educational exhibits, a gift shop and small café, and incredibly popular programs like the constellation tours and telescope demonstrations at their thrice-weekly Star Parties (Tuesday, Friday & Saturday nights – reservations required).
Alpine, TX 79830