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Star Valley

Unspoiled beauty stretches across a 45-mile long valley between Wyoming’s Salt River Range and Idaho’s Webster Range.

Welcome to Star Valley. This hidden gem in Southwest Wyoming is dotted with small towns and big adventure. Afton, Alpine, Thayne, Star Valley Ranch, Freedom and other communities serve as your hub while you take in the quiet beauty of rolling green hills pressed against snow-peaked mountains. During the summer months, fly fishing can be enjoyed along the Snake River, Salt River or Greys River, all of which meet near Alpine. Hiking trails sprawl into the Salt River Range and Bridger-Teton National Forest, providing views of the valley and wildlife spotting opportunities. Once the snow starts to fall, hop on a sled to enjoy some of the best snowmobiling in Wyoming. The nearby Bridger-Teton National Forest features an extensive network of groomed trails, including access to the Continental Divide snowmobile trail system. If you prefer skiing, head to the nearby Pine Creek Ski Resort for affordable skiing and minimum crowds.

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Cities in Star Valley

  • Smoot
  • Fairview
  • Afton
  • Auburn
  • Grover
  • Turnerville
  • Bedford
  • Thayne
  • Star Valley Ranch
  • Freedom
  • Etna
  • Alpine

Smoot

Smoot is predominantly a farming and ranching town on the southern end of Star Valley. The town offers a general store and quick access to Bridger-Teton National Forest. Affordable, family-friendly skiing can be found at Pine Creek Ski Resort, located just 52 miles south of Smoot near Cokeville, Wyoming.

Fairview

This community of nearly 300 residents was settled in 1885 and named for the beautiful vistas surrounding the town.

Afton

Afton, Wyoming is the largest town within Star Valley, a region made up of 12 towns along the state’s western border. As you make your way downtown, stop for a photo at the world’s largest Elk Antler Arch.

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Auburn

This small town houses one of the oldest buildings in Star Valley: the Old Auburn Rock Church. The church was built on the public square in 1889 and served as an LDS church as well as a meeting place and activity hall for the entire town.

Grover

Find Twin Peaks Outfitters, a family-run outfitting service within this town of about 150, for a horseback riding excursion or guided hunting trip in this stunning part of Wyoming.

Turnerville

Located just west of US-89, Turnerville is circled by offshoot creeks of the Salt River, including Willow Creek and White Pine Creek.

Bedford

The nearby Strawberry Creek and wide-open spaces surrounding this small Star Valley town make it ideal for anglers and hunters. Get off the map and into a cozy log cabin at Preston Ranch, where affordable, streamside cabins offer wildlife viewing, nearby hiking, horseback riding and more.

Thayne

This beautiful town offers several lodging options (including RV sites), a market and other local amenities. To explore the surrounding mountainsides and national forest land by horseback, head to Flying W Horse Services for riding lessons, guided rides, unguided horse rentals and seasonal sleigh or wagon rides.

Star Valley Ranch

Easy hiking trail access to nearby Prater Canyon, Green River Canyon and Cedar Creek make Star Valley Ranch a great stop for exploring Bridger-Teton National Forest. Several area golf courses in this town, including Leisure Valley Golf Course, offer up spectacular views of the valley’s rolling hillside and mountain views.

Freedom

Located just west of the winding Salt River, Freedom is home to Freedom Arms, Inc., a weapons factory that includes a handgun display for visitors to peruse.

Etna

This small Wyoming town is just east of the Salt River and features a series of offshoot creeks.

Alpine

The Greys, Snake and Salt rivers all meet near this town on the northern edge of Star Valley, making it the perfect oasis for fly fishing and water sports. Alpine is also known for its miles of premier snowmobiling trails, with snowmobile rentals available at the local JH Adventure Rentals. This quiet Wyoming town is just 42 miles south of Grand Teton National Park.

Star Valley Ranch from the air

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