Alpine is a remote, high-desert jewel nestled in the mountains of West Texas. It is a friendly, bustling community of a little over 5,000 people in a scenic valley that feels like nowhere else in the state.

You’ll immediately take note of the natural beauty surrounding the city, if you don’t notice the great weather first. Alpine’s elevation, desert air and late-summer rain season make it one of the coolest places in Texas during the summer months, and generally mild winters punctuated by brief cold snaps and beautiful but fleeting snowfalls.

In addition to activities like a visit to the Museum of the Big Bend, shopping local boutiques while taking in the ever-growing collection of downtown murals, and a short hike up Hancock Hill behind the beautiful campus of Sul Ross State University, Alpine is at the center of the Big Bend region. Scenic drives in every direction offer day trips to Marfa, Fort Davis, McDonald Observatory, Big Bend National Park, Big Bend Ranch State Park and more.

A full menu of fall and winter events include the vibrant downtown Artwalk art & music festival November 22 & 23, with more than 20 art exhibits, a street fair with food & art vendors, and live music all over town. Christmas in Alpine is bigger than ever for 2019 with the annual Lighted Parade, arts & crafts bazaar and a Community Christmas Party on Dec. 7, followed by the first-ever Winter Wonderland Festival with a full day of free ice skating on Dec. 14. More events can be found at

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