7 Reasons Alpine, Texas Is an Award-Winning Travel Destination

On the sun-soaked high plains of Texas at the edge of the majestic Davis Mountains sits Alpine, an easy-going hamlet with a rugged history and remote allure. Expansive night skies cast starlight over rolling hills, but Alpine’s natural bounty is just part of its appeal. On the strength of museums to explore, an energetic nightlife scene, and the flagship Sul Ross State University campus, this West Texas gem earned seven Texas Travel Awards this year. To honor its victories in both statewide and small market categories, here are seven reasons not to pass up a trip to Alpine.

 

The Desk on Hancock Hill by Alex Perez

1 / It’s A Premier Locale for Hiking and Biking

If you’re up for the twists and turns of valley trails, Alpine is ripe for adventuring. After a short trek up Hancock Hill, experience a piece of Sul Ross history—”The Desk.” Placed atop the hill by two college students seeking a quiet study space, this metal monument overlooks a stunning view. Avid cyclists and geared-up hikers, set out for the statewide winner of “Best Hiking/Biking Trails.”

 

2 / It’s Perfect for an Audio History Lesson

Podcast purveyors, here’s your next recommendation: Heart of the Big Bend, dubbed the best “Travel/Destination Podcast” in the state. Exploring everything from long-running music festivals to hidden histories, host Chris Ruggia leads you on an Alpine deep dive. Tune in for a comprehensive guide to the area.

 

 

3 / It Hosts an Annual Art Fest

Every weekend before Thanksgiving, downtown Alpine transforms into the two-day Alpine Artwalk, a bustling hub of creatives showcasing artistry from photography to needlework. This free, decades-old event invites visitors to featured exhibits, an open market, and live music performances at several stages. From murals to light shows, this small-market winner of “Art Festival or Event” is a time-honored attraction.

 

Courtesy Sul Ross State University

4 / It Boasts a Museum Brimming with Texas Lore

Bygone cowboys and uncharted territory haunt the Museum of the Big Bend, a monument to the deep history of the Texas frontier. Visitors to this featured collection of artifacts on the Sul Ross campus can explore the Legacy of the Big Bend region, peruse visiting art exhibits, and reminisce on the Wild West. History buffs, add this winner in the “Museum” category to your next road trip.

 

Photo by Mike Marvins

5 / It’s a Little Piece of Baseball History

Pressed into the red clay of Kokernot Field are the footprints of American baseball legends. Constructed from local granite, this bite-sized replica Wrigley Field has hosted the likes of Satchel Paige and Gaylord Perry and survives today as the current home of the Alpine Cowboys, an independent professional baseball team in the Pecos League. For fans of a beloved pastime, a pilgrimage to this best “Sports Venue” winner is a bucket-list item.

 

The Texas Tornados at Viva Big Bend. Photo by J. Griffis Smith.

6 / It’s Made for Music Lovers

 For those always looking for their next favorite band, the Viva Big Bend music festival is an unmissable opportunity. Held across five towns and 10-plus stages, the four-day affair has clinched the “Music Festival or Event” travel award for a second year. Attendees can drive under desert skies from venue to venue and sample the best talent from Texas and beyond.

 

7 / It’s A Surefire Spot for Ghost Hunting

Under the cover of darkness, steal away through downtown Alpine with members of its historical association and the Sul Ross Theatre Department. The Historic Alpine Ghost Tour, a one-mile stroll between landmark locations, recently took home the gold for “Under the Radar Activity.” As you learn the tales of the town’s restless spirits, reenactors stand by to bring the past to life.

 

>>>Looking to plan a trip to this West Texas destination as soon as possible?

The City of Alpine is giving away a 2-night getaway to this scenic and spirited town. Click here to enter through Nov. 1!


This article was produced by San Antonio Magazine’s content studio as part of a paid partnership with Visit Alpine.

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