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.