12 Things to Do in Wyoming’s Star Valley
Nestled along the Bridger-Teton National Forest on Wyoming’s western border, Star Valley is a quaint part of the state that offers small-town charm and breathtaking scenery. This community is made up of a number of Wyoming towns, including Afton, Thayne, Star Valley Ranch and Alpine, all located within a 45-mile-long valley on the Wyoming-Idaho border.
Come explore this beautiful part of Wyoming. We list 12 things you need to see and do in Star Valley.
1. World’s Largest Elkhorn Antler Arch – Afton
Afton, Wyoming is home to anarch that is made up of 3,011 elk antlers, making it the largest of its kind in the world. The arch is located in downtown Afton, spanning 75 feet wide and weighing in at 15 tons. Stop for a photo and then stick around to explore local shops and restaurants.
2. Star Valley Wyoming Temple – Afton
The Star Valley Wyoming Temple was the first temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) to be constructed in Wyoming. It sits on what was once farm land along the Salt River Mountain Range. This temple is a place of worship for local member of the LDS Church, but the beauty of the building and the rolling mountains that serve as its backdrop is something that can be enjoyed by everyone.
3. Horseback Riding
Experience this scenic part of Wyoming from the saddle with a day of horseback riding. Try Rockin’ M Ranch in Alpine, Wyoming, to choose from a variety of rides around the Salt River and into Targhee National Forest. Rides in this part of Wyoming are often intimate and offer the opportunity to see area wildlife, such as elk, moose and bald eagles.
4. Colter’s Lodge – Afton
Originally built in 1928, this rustic hotel’s Western charm continues to shine through more recent renovations. Colter’s Lodge offers a steakhouse, cafe and Old West-style bar in addition to its cozy rooms. When you visit, be sure to take in the mural walls on the south and west walls of the bar. These murals are painted on sheetrock and depict life in the American West.
Hit the links in Star Valley for a relaxing way to spend time in the mountains. Valli Vu Golf Course in Afton, Wyoming, offers affordable golfing against the Salt River Mountain Range. Or try Aspen Hills at the Star Valley Ranch in Thayne, Wyoming, for a short (nine hole) course that sits on top of a mountain.