Whether you're a first-time visitor to the region, or a resident, you need to work a visit to the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine into your schedule. The exhibitions provide one of the best introductions to the history, culture and natural history of the entire area. The museum is inviting and accessible; many of the exhibits are interactive, and children love them. This is truly one of the best small museums you'll find anywhere--not just in Texas--anywhere.
Coming up soon is their signature exhibition of custom gear and western art, called Trappings of Texas. This exhibition attracts the work of the finest cowboy artists working today, and is shown annually in conjunction with the Texas Cowboy Poetry Festival on the campus of Sul Ross State University.