Under the Twin Sisters, 6,116 and 6,135 ft. above sea-level is their city at 4,500 ft. above sea-level. Originally titled Osborne, then called Murphyville, it didn’t get right until this town’s name was identified by its mountains-Alpine. More than something on the westward glance from town, the Twin Sisters have ruled its core by symbols and art. Like the room of a loyal brother, everywhere in Alpine are images of its Twin Sisters.
The Twin Sisters are truly lovely-volcano goddesses, plumed out of the Paisano Caldera. Their iconic gate and cool double cones are not lost on the conscience or imagination of Alpine. Remade at least twenty-five different places (and counting) in the mountain and valley town the double peaks are a sacred part of the heart. I hate to end the colorful post with a sad piece but it is part of a subject that I will often trail on about till more than I can make a solution. A non-conversed irony toys and toils with the Twin Sisters and Texas. Though they are a beloved view and cherished symbol for many in Alpine and Texas, the Twin Sisters are restricted. Like all the other mountains there, the Twin Sisters can turn a romantic or family hike into jail time, fine, and a record for criminal trespassing. Scores of illegal immigrants, hunters, and always hundreds of habitat destructive livestock have their way around the rock slopes and canyons across the Paisano, Sierra De Norte, Davis, and Glass Mountains. Hikers, campers, folks that love the land of Texas, however, are not welcomed by the ranchers but treated as violators of precious private borders. Organizations like the Davis Mountains Trans-Pecos Heritage Association “preserve the land through private ownership.” This is an obvious impossible idea considering that ranchers and their employees could never effectively protect the many thousands of acres many of them have. Without State and public help much of the land is rumbled by cattle and littered on by sneaky traffic. I would never wish or want folks in West Texas to give up the rights of their land but I honestly believe that there could be some balance where trails could be allowed. After all, the Hollywood Hills behind LA have trails, so do the Franklin Mountains behind El Paso, Pikes Peak by Colorado Springs, Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, and Sandia Peak with Albuquerque. Must places like Alpine or Sierra Blanca (with nearby Sierra Blanca Peak) be so unfortunately different? I bet there is a naturally nice hike up the natural wonder, Twin Sisters, with an incredible view of Alpine and surrounding mountains from their summits. I pray that someday Texans and Americans will be welcomed there by the land owners-that some balances should be found and formed with compassion to public appreciation, land conservancy, and private rights.