In the heart of a beautiful, mountainous ranching area, 315 mi/505 km west of San Antonio, Alpine is a retail and shipping center as well as an informal artists colony.

Its proximity to Big Bend National Park (80 mi/130 km south) and the Davis Mountains (just north of town) makes it a popular stop for motorists. It contains more people and a wider variety of restaurants and lodging than other towns in the area (Marfa, Marathon, Fort Davis).

When you're in Alpine, visit the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University to educate yourself on the history of the region.

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