Be Prepared for Local Restrictions
Both the Governor of Texas and Brewster County are requiring face masks to be worn in public. The Governor’s order was issued on July 2nd and the county judge’s on June 29th.
Brewster County Judge’s Order: http://www.brewstercountytx.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/EXECUTIVE-ORDER-BY-CO-JUDGE-OF-BREWSTER-CO-JUNE-29-2020.pdf
Be Ready for Closures
Yes, Texas is open for business–but that doesn’t mean all the local food service businesses or attractions are. If you aren’t sure what you’d like to see and do, make these your first stops:
No matter where you plan to travel right now you can, and should, expect your visitor experience to be very different than normal. Some parks are open, some aren’t, some have you buy your day pass online, some have limited hours of operation, some are open but with restrictions…It’s a lot to keep up with! But better to check now then be disappointed later. And remember things are constantly changing so check the status while you’re planning and again before you leave home.
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend Ranch State Park
Davis Mountains State Park
Museum of the Big Bend
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center
Also keep in mind, many visitor centers and bathrooms may not be open for use and some information kiosks may not be stocked with the usual maps and pamphlets. If you are going to a remote area that you do not know well, plan to have no cell phone service and gather any resources you may need ahead of time.
Always Open. No Restrictions. Only Precautions.
There are things to see and do that require little planning and you can do them on your own time, at your own pace. They are also a great way to explore Alpine and visit local businesses.
Hancock Hill Trails- The Desk
Historic Walking and Windshield Tour
With any of these activities, some precautions still need to be taken. Make sure you have a mask with you even if you only plan to be in your own vehicle or walking and hiking outside. You need to put it on if you decide to go into any local businesses on the route or if you cannot maintain 6 feet of physical distance with other people not in your party.
Also be sure to put plenty of water in your vehicle and carry some with you when doing any hiking or walking. You’ll be glad you did!!
Be a Smart Shopper
Bring as much as you can with you. Alpine is a small community and with some resources being limited, extra visitors can put a strain on already short supplies.
- Soap / hand sanitizer
- TP and paper towels
- Disinfectant wipes
- Trash Bags
- Bottled Water
Don’t forget to keep the great outdoors great and always PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT!
Adventure Awaits… BUT NO REALLY, MAYBE IT SHOULD WAIT!
If you are not feeling well, STAY HOME! We will still be here when you are able to visit. Our rural hospital is small and covers the entire Big Bend Tri-County area. That also means you’re often far from help, if you need it. At a time when many already-limited emergency services are extremely overtaxed, this makes risky adventures even riskier.
Wander… but not too far from your own backyard.
We get it! We love Alpine too and we love to show guests everything we have to offer. But in solidarity with other states and the Centers for Disease Control we are encouraging people to keep your recreating close to home. Remember you’re not the only one that is ready for a little getaway, so plan accordingly.