Nestled between majestic Davis Mountains and the great Chihuahuan desert lies the town of Alpine, TX. Central to several nearby towns and surrounded by the region’s natural assets, Alpine is sometimes called the “Hub of the Big Bend”. For many travelers, the town is a layover on the way to somewhere else. But this charming locale, with its friendly folks, variety of cozy accommodations, great restaurants, quaint shops and boutiques, galleries, museums, and even its own minor-league baseball stadium (home of the Alpine Cowboys), is itself a great destination, worthy of a few day’s stay in your itinerary. In fact, Alpine’s downtown area was named a Designated Cultural Art District in 2011 by the Texas Commission on the Arts! And, yes, this “hub” city is also an ideal home base for trips to nearby destinations, like the awe-inspiring Big Bend National Park. Hop in your car and head in any direction – everywhere you go is a scenic drive, postcard pictures of spectacular terrain, expansive horizons and west Texas wildlife.
In the coming months, Alpine will be the host to several unique events that seem especially suited for the area:
- Currently running through July 19 is a “rodeo production” of the musical “Annie Get Your Gun”. This classic 1940s show is usually staged in a theater, using scenery and props to create the illusion of a rodeo. This production is performed in an outdoor arena, with actors on horseback, just like in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, which is where the story takes place! No fake scenery or wooden horses needed!
- Next up, July 23-26, is Viva Big Bend, a huge music festival and industry conference. Over 50 musicians and bands will perform in 10 venues across four towns (Alpine, Fort Davis, Marfa, Marathon). Tickets start at $50 and can be Viva Big Bend Tickets or at the door. Free shuttle service is available between venues.
- On August 7-8, the renowned Big Bend Ranch Rodeo comes to the Sul Ross State University’s S.A.L.E Arena. You’ll see actual working cowboys showing off their skills in bronco riding, branding, roping, and much more, including wild cow milking (Teams have to rope a cow and milk her in less than 2 minutes).
Now for most of you, Alpine won’t be a quick get-away; the closest major city and the nearest airport are about 4 hours away. This is a journey, my friends, but trust me…a journey well worth taking!