Located 30 miles west of Marathon on Hwy 90 is the town of Alpine Texas. Originally named Murphyville, surrounded by mountains and situated at an elevation of 4500’, its no wonder Alpine was named as the Alps of West Texas.
Alpine is considered the ‘Hub of West Texas’. Established in 1888, Alpine is the largest of the communities making up the Big Bend Region as well as the county seat. It is the home of Sul Ross State University, and the Museum of the Big Bend. Boasting medical facilities, many lodging, shopping and dining opportunities, Alpine offers the support for the surrounding communities. While there are many events scheduled throughout the year, some of the larger more popular and growing annual events in Alpine include the Art Walk and Gallery Night, a two day event in November, the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in February, and the Big Bend Balloon Bash Labor Day weekend.