No20Separated by 24 miles on Texas 118, the towns of Alpine and Fort Davis provide the perfect launch pad for Big Bend excursions, but you don’t have to wander far to find some fun.


“Fort Davis: Love seeing the old fort and Indian lodge—and camping out, stargazing at the observatory, and horseback riding at Prude Ranch.” —RON DILL, MIDLAND

Check out Alpine’s Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University, Big Bend Saddlery, and annual events feting everything from music and food to cowboy poetry and balloons. Plan several days in Fort Davis to explore Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site, the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center, and the wonders of the universe at The University of Texas McDonald Observatory.

“Alpine: A nice small town, laid-back and easygoing. Reata Alpine restaurant has great food. Loved staying at The Maverick Inn, and the Big Bend history museum is fun.” —FRANK and MARY ERWIN, BELLeVUE, WASHINGTON

For more information, contact the City of Alpine or the Alpine Chamber of Commerce, 432/837-2326 or 800/561-3712.

Contact the Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce, 432/426-3015 or 800/524-3015.

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