I love Alpine. I seriously want to move here. Home of Sul Ross University, this almost mile-high city (.85 of a mile) was once called Murhpyville prior to 1888. Passing through the surrounding mountains, well above a mile in elevation, you will begin to see why Alpine was a fitting name for this West Texas college town. Alpine has an artistic nuance and is known for its murals through-out the town. There are plenty of places to lodge while you are on holiday to visit Big Bend and the area. This town has everything you need to stock up on while you make your way towards the park, check out Blue Water, a natural food store. If you are staying the night, they have a neat little movie theater, awesome coffee shop, and quick access to the Marfa Lights viewing area.