Top things to do

Museum in Alpine

Museum of the Big Bend

On the campus of Sul Ross State University, this little museum is a great place to delve into the past, with exhibits on marine fossils (a warm shallow sea covered Big Bend 135 million years ago), Native American pi…
Live Music in Alpine

Harry's Tinaja

This locals' watering hole is fun, a little divey and occasionally even boisterous. You're likely to find friendly old-timers hanging out and telling stories till the wee hours, but if not, there's also a pool table…
Cultural in Alpine

Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Preserving the oral tradition of the American West, the annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering is held every year in late February or early March. This down-home event takes over most of town, from university classrooms to …
Books in Alpine

Front Street Books

The best bookstore in town is open daily and has a smart selection of new, used and out-of-print titles, as well as a good selection of regionally themed books. With a surprising number of well-known authors living …
Steak in Alpine

Reata

Named after the ranch in the movie Giant, Reata turns on the upscale ranch-style charm – at least in the front dining room, where the serious diners go. Step back into the lively bar area or onto the shady patio for…
Microbrewery in Alpine

Big Bend Brewing Co

The taproom is bare bones at this microbrewery on the outskirts of town, but with picnic tables inside and out, chatty beer drinkers all around and wide-open views of the western landscape, you'll hardly notice the …
Mexican in Alpine

Alicia's Burrito Place

Alicia's is known for its quick and hot breakfast burritos: eggs, bacon and the like get rolled up in a portable meal you can eat with your hands – known to cure a hangover or two in their time. The Mexican cheesebu…
Viewpoint in Alpine

Hancock Hill

Behind Sul Ross State University, a trail leads up the dusty slopes of Hancock Hill. There are fine views of the area and some curious artifacts here – including a battered school desk that some uni students dragged…
Live Music in Alpine

Railroad Blues

This is the place to go in Alpine for live music and the biggest beer selection in Big Bend Country. The club has hosted an impressive list of musicians, and sometimes draws Austin-based bands heading west on tour. …
American in Alpine

Century Bar & Grill

Located inside the Holland Hotel, this place has the same vibe as the rest of the building: historic but fashionable, like a ranch done in dark woods with splashy touches. The excellent food – American, but leaning …