Campgrounds and RV parks are located close to Alpine.
Alpine is a very attractive Texan town, the heart of the Big Bend, with a relaxed small town lifestyle. It is popular with retirees, and has an assortment of families with young children, single parent families and married couples.
Lawrence Sullivan Ross, for whom the Sul Ross State University at Alpine is named, was the 19th governor of Texas. He was brought from Iowa Territory at the age of one year which made him a Texian. This means that he was born in a region which was not, at the time of his birth, registered as a part of Texas, but which has since become a part of it. Texans have this special word for such a citizen.
Alpine passed through several name changes before the present one. Osborne was the first in the beginning in 1882, then two brothers lent their name to it and it became Murphyville a year later. Finally, in 1888 it became Alpine. At 4,480 ft., Alpine has one of the highest elevations in Texas, which results in reduced humidity and therefore less severe weather changes. Alpine weather is one of its most appealing features. It is less humid than many other locales in Texas and annual precipitation is also reduced, including snowfall.
Nearby Big Bend National Park has three diverse environments: Desert, thanks to the vast Chihuahuan Desert; River because of the Rio Grande River itself; and Mountains, with the presence of the Chisos Mountains. Culture and wildlife differences among these three environments create a rich offering for the wilderness explorer.
- Big Bend National Park, with three canyons
- Museum of the Big Bend
- historic buildings from the 1800s and 1900s
- Brewster County Courthouse
- Chinati Hot Springs
- Fort Leaton State Historic Site
- Fort Davis National Historic Site
- Balmorhea State Park
- golf course
- Cathedral Mountain Vineyards
- Sul Ross University campus
- Theatre of the Big Bend