General Overview


High desert country, mountain ranges and Rio Grande canyons are only a few of the natural wonders that make Alpine such a popular destination. Situated at the edge of the great Chihuahuan desert between Big Bend National Park and the Davis Mountains, Alpine, with its tree lined streets and university, is at the center of the greater Big Bend region.

Big Bend National Park, historic Fort Davis, the Marfa mystery lights and McDonald Observatory set high in the Davis Mountains are a few popular destinations within a two-hour drive. Alpine’s high quality lodging and hotel accommodations, dining and supermarkets provide great services for everyone. And many visitors who make Alpine their hub, enjoy the renovated Museum of the Big Bend, galleries and evening entertainment.

Alpine is where you can see cowboys competing at rodeo events, watch professional baseball in an historic ball park and see summer theater productions under a roof of stars. Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Gallery Night and Intercollegiate rodeo are just three of the most popular annual events – and our summer temperatures, at 4,600 feet, are moderate.

Anyway you look at it, Alpine is one of a kind: small town values, friendly folk, vast landscapes, big skies and a high and dry climate with services and attractions which will surprise you.

Pay us a visit!

Alpine’s central location between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park makes it a convenient base from which to visit all the attractions of this huge desert and mountain border land measuring over 12,000 square miles with a population of less than 20,000 people.


Our neighbors.

Half an hour’s drive to the west, north and east of us live our neighbors in small towns which are each very different in character. Marfa to the west is now an art town, with new restaurants and galleries including the minimal art collection of Donald Judd which was the cause and start of “new” Marfa. It has a history too, as the superbly restored courthouse reveals.

Fort Davis, close to the Davis Mountains to the north, started life as a garrison town, serving the fort established there in 1854 to protect the frontier. Rich in tourism attractions and services, It it offers the renovated fort and museum as a history lesson, nearby McDonald Observatory for star gazing, and the charming Davis Mountains State Park for camping, hiking and park events.

Marathon grew up as a railroad town. People and materials were shipped in, cattle, ore and rubber shipped out. It is the main entry point to Big Bend National Park, and has recently expanded its tourist facilities from the iconic Gage Hotel (built in 1927) to bed & breakfasts, some galleries and eating places. The cool, shady Post (a former army camp), picnic spot and swimming pool, is only ten minutes away. Big Bend National Park entrance lies 40 miles due south.

The Jewel in the Crown, Big Bend National Park, (800,000 acres of desert, mountain and river) can be visited in one day, or many. The Chisos Mountains in the park’s center rise  to 7,832 feet while the Rio Grande meanders for 118 miles along the park’s southern  boundary. A few miles to the west is Terlingua Ghostown, rich in history, a little further on is upscale Lajitas Resort, then comes the famous River Road which follows the Rio Grande passing Big Bend Ranch State Park (the state’s largest park) on its 50 miles’ route to Presidio.

And these are only a few of the regional attractions!

Come for a stay…and we think you’ll be back.