Texas Hill Country Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Alpine: Texas Heritage Trails 50th Anniversary

March 27, 2018 - 7:00am to March 28, 2018 - 9:00pm
50th Anniversary 1968-2018

Just as the 50th anniversary approaches of the first international exposition held in the U.S. Southwest - San Antonio's HemisFair '68 - so does the golden anniversary of the Texas tourism initiative orginally tied to it, the Texas Heritage Trails Program (back then, the Texas Travel Trails).

The Dedication Caravan for the Texas Mountain Trail (first of 10 trails to be launched and dedicated) took place March 27-28, 1968, along an auto route from Alpine west to El Paso and back east to Fort Davis, culminating with Gov. Connally's dedication of Texas's first million-dollar state park on March 28th.  Thus, it seems a natural 50th-anniversary celebration to replicate that event.

Dedication caravans were eventually held for all regions during 1968, though dates for these are not immediately clear (we're seaching to discover this info).  Watch here for more details on other caravans to be held later this year.

Plan now to jump in the car and hit the Trail as we recreate the first caravan!

Arrive in Alpine March 26 - Stay at The Holland Hotel

DAY 1 - Tuesday, March 27

Breakfast at Judy's Bread and Breakfast at 7am - Depart Alpine from the Holland at 8 am

Arrive in Lajitas Resort at 10am for refreshments - Depart Lajitas at 10:30 am

Arrive at Fort Leaton at 11:30 am - Depart Fort Leaton at 11:50 am

Arrive in Marfa at 1pm - Lunch at Lavendar at The Hotel St. George - Depart Marfa at 2:30 pm

Arrive in Van Horn at 3:30 pm - Depart Van Horn at 3:45 pm

Arrive at the Magoffin Home at 4:30 pm 

Hotel check-in at approx 5;30 pm

Dinner at 7:30 pm at Carlos & Mickey's

DAY 2, Wednesday, March 28

Breakfast at the El Paso Museum of History at 8 am - Depart El Paso at 9 am

Arrive at Guadalupe Mountains National Park at 12 Noon - Picnic Lunch at Guadalupe Mountains National Park - Depart Guadalupe Mountains National Park at 1:30 pm

Arrive in Van Horn at 2:30 pm - Visit either the Clark Hotel Museum, or Hotel El Capitan - Depart Van Horn at 3 pm

Kent turn off at 3:30 pm

Arrive at Fort Davis National Historic Site at 5 pm - Depart Fort Davis at 5:45 pm

Arrive at David Mountains State Park at 6 pm - Depart Davis Mountains State Park at 6:30 pm

Arrive at the Kelly Pavillon for the Grand Finale Celebration and dinner at 7 pm






  • The Holland Hotel
  • 209 W Holland Ave
  • Alpine, Texas
  • 79830