General Overview


Welcome to Alpine, Texas, “Hub of the Big Bend”. Cradled between the towering Davis Mountains and the beautiful Chihuahuan Desert, Alpine is a town that capitalizes greatly on its wealth of natural resources and recreational opportunities. Alpine’s economy is growing and the local university creates more cultural resources than one might expect from a small town. An added bonus is Alpine’s virtually non-existant crime rate, largely credited to the city’s strong community spirit.

Alpine loves culture and the arts and has many art galleries. Alpine’s Gallery Night takes place annually on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving where local artists display their best work and Alpine residents and visitors stroll among the exhibits. Performing arts are also well represented thanks to the Big Bend Players, a local drama group. Sul Ross State University and its outdoor Theatre of the Big Bend also contribute to the performing arts. Visitors can enjoy a variety of musicals, comedies and dramas all year long.  One of the city’s biggest events, The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, is held the last weekend in February and is the oldest event of its kind.

Recreation is also a major attraction in Alpine, and the mild climate allows for golfing, hunting, and camping year-round. The varied landscapes of mountains, desert, and the grassy hills of the Big Bend region attract folks out to play in all seasons. The surrounding environments are perfect for observing wildlife while taking a scenic drive. And there is always the option to stay in town and enjoy a rodeo, baseball game, or a pleasant afternoon in the park. For even more excitement, hot-air balloons fly majestically over the City of Alpine during the Big Bend Balloon Bash during Labor Day Weekend.

A state of the art medical center opened in September 1999, and provides high-quality medical services to Alpine residents within minutes of the downtown area.

The mild climate, breathtaking mountain setting, and some of the friendliest people come together to create a town of style and western charm. Combine these things with Alpine’s amazing art scene, and it comes as no surprise that the town has earned its place among The 100 Best Small Towns in America! Come see for yourself what makes Alpine one of Texas’ best places to call Home.

For visitors, there are over 500 motel rooms in Alpine, some of which are affiliated with national chains. There are also four full hook-up RV parks to choose from. AMTRAK makes its only routine stop between Del Rio and El Paso in Alpine. Greyhound services Alpine from Midland – Odessa and El Paso airports and the municipal airport caters to small private aircraft.

Dan Rather, the famous CBS Evening News commentator once affectionately referred to Alpine as “a town-city that has kept its West Texas tradition, look and feel, while adopting the best of what’s up-to-date in the Lone Star State”.

The Big Bend area, is made up of three Texas counties:
Brewster County
Jeff Davis County
Presidio County