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Alpine, Texas

Established in 1882, Alpine is the seat of Brewster County. Centrally located between the Davis and Glass Mountains and near Big Bend National Park, Alpine is a designated Texas Main Street city. Additionally, the city is a retail center and shipping point for the huge ranching area, headquarters for mining companies, and home of Sul Ross State University.

There is also an historic downtown shopping district with several antique stores and several art galleries to be found. The climate and location make this town a popular vacation area. Visitors enjoy golfing, mountain climbing, rock and mineral collecting, swimming, and camping amid spectacular vistas. During seasons, hunters take mule and white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, javelina, and upland game birds. Golfers find the public golf course a challenge year round.

Special events throughout the year include the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in March, Big Bend Balloon Bash (during Labor Day weekend), local and collegiate rodeo events, and much more. Bed and breakfast accommodations are offered in historic buildings.

Attractions and Upcoming Events


Sul Ross State Univ. Museum of the Big Bend

For more than 70 years this museum has been collecting and exhibiting artifacts of the vast Big Bend region. Here, people have traveled and lived for over 11,000

Alpine, TX Museums

Fine Arts

Several theatre groups offer seasonal productions, including the Theatre of the Big Bend, which offers musicals and dramas under the stars during the summer; 915/837-8220. Big Bend Players presents between four and six shows each year; call 915/837-2921 for more information.

Alpine, TX Theatres

Woodward Agate Ranch

Source of famed Texas agates (red plume, pompom, and a rainbow of other types) colorful jasper, labradorite feldspar, calcite, precious opal, and other minerals. Hunt and collect on over 3,000 acres; guide service available (fee). Rough agate 50 cents per pound;

Alpine, TX Natural Attractions


Things to do near Alpine, TX

Hueco Tanks State Historical Site

Precious water from infrequent rains "stored" in natural rock basins; for centuries a strategic travel stop in this arid regi...

Tunis Creek Stagecoach Stop

Former way station on Butterfield Overland Mail Route; later a Texas Ranger station. Historic structure was moved to a highwa...

Marian Blakemore Planetarium

Just on the edge of the Museum of the Southwest grounds the Marian Blakemore Planetarium is a visit into outer space. Opened ...

Scenic Drives

Scenic Drive traces a winding course on southern flank of Mount Franklin above downtown El Paso, with view of Juárez across t...