There’s lots to do in Alpine. Here are just a few options.
Alpine Country Club Golf Course: This 9-hole course located next to Kokernot Park is open to the public.
Alpine Murals: A number of murals can be enjoyed on a casual stroll along Holland Avenue. Check with the Alpine Visitors Center for a complete list.
Alpine Public Library/Re-Reads Book Store: In in 2013, the Library Journal named Alpine Public Library the “Second-Best Small Library in America.” Adjacent to the library is Re-Reads Book Store with a great selection of used books; proceeds support library operations.
Art Galleries and Specialty Shops: Alpine has many art galleries and boutiques. Most are located in the historic downtown area. Choose from fine art, photography, antiques, gifts and souvenirs, books and maps, rocks and gems, arts and crafts.
Big Bend Brewing Co.: Big Bend Brewing Co. produces excellent craft beer. Brewery tours and beer tastings are Wednesday through Saturday at 4 p.m. Cost of $10 includes tour, tastings, a Big Bend Brewing pint glass (full of beer!) and a bumper sticker. Open House 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.
Brewster County Courthouse Hall of History: Photographs of early Brewster County and Alpine places and people are on display in the great hall of the historic 1887 courthouse.
Farmer’s Markets: Yes, Alpine has two Farmers’ Markets! They’re open Saturdays from 9 a.m. till noon, year-round, rain or shine. One is in the Hotel Ritchey courtyard at the corner of 5th and Murphy Street, and one is at the corner of 5th Street and Avenue A.
Hancock Hill: The Hancock Hill area behind Sul Ross State University contains 2-3 miles of hiking trails with great views of Alpine and the surrounding area. Points of interest include bicycles hanging from trees and an abandoned desk that was hauled up the hill in 1981 by three enterprising students. Be sure to sign the notebook in the desk drawer.
Holland Hotel: Built in the early 1900s with design contributions from renowned southwest architect Henry C. Trost, this historic hotel features all the elements of Spanish Colonial Revival – arches, tile floors, embossed wood beams, and courtyard.
Historic Walking and Windshield Tour: Take a leisurely stroll or drive around Alpine’s downtown and get a glimpse into our architectural history, dating from the late 1800s. The tour guide/map is available at the Alpine Visitors Center.
Kokernot Park: Alpine’s municipal park includes a walking/fitness trail, playground and dog park. Stroll past Poet’s Grove, where the cowboy poets gather for a chuck wagon breakfast each February, to historic Kokernot Lodge and its outdoor amphitheater. The Lodge was built as a clubhouse in the early 1930s next to the now-dry Burgess Spring, an important watering hole for early travelers and settlers.
Kokernot Baseball Field: Styled after Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the field was built in 1947 by rancher Herbert Lee Kokernot Jr. Red clay for the infield was hauled in from Georgia, and native stone quarried from Kokernot Ranch was used to build the outfield wall and grandstand. The Kokernot Ranch "06" brand was incorporated throughout the stadium, along with intricate ironwork of baseballs complete with painted threads. The field is home to the Sul Ross State University Lobos, the Alpine (High School) Bucks, and the Alpine Cowboys – a professional team and the 2012 Pecos League champions. The Cowboys season is from late May through early August; tickets are typically available on game day.
Museum of the Big Bend: Since 1925, this museum on the Sul Ross University campus has told the story of the Big Bend and Davis Mountains. A children’s corner makes the museum a great place for the entire family. For exhibits and events, see pages 26 & 27.
Paisano Pass Volcano: Visit the roadside marker five miles west of Alpine on Highway 90 to learn more about the volcano that helped to form this area millions of years ago.
Performing Arts and Live Music: Alpine’s cool summer nights are the perfect setting for theatre-under-the-stars performances by Theatre of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University’s summer theatre program. Since 1983, the Railroad Blues has been the place to go for live music in Alpine – from honky-tonk and Tejano to blues and rock. Live music can also be heard at Harry’s Tinaja, the Holland Hotel, Granada Theater and area restaurants on select nights.
Sul Ross State University: Situated in the hills overlooking Alpine, the University is a great place to wander and enjoy great views and spectacular sunsets. There’s an impressive cactus garden in front of Lawrence Hall at Entrance 2 off Highway 90.
Turner Range Animal Science Center: The Center hosts rodeos and horse shows throughout the year. On any given day, visitors might be lucky enough to watch university students and 4H club members practicing in the S.A.L.E. Arena, located behind the main building.