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. Alpine, Afton, Thayne, Bedford, Star Valley Ranch 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. The Fontenelle Area Reservoir offers area water fun, from boating and swimming to fishing and camping.

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.

Antler Arch Afton Wyoming
Afton Antler Arch
Towns in Star Valley, Wyoming

Star Valley is one community made up of 12 towns along a stretch of US-89. You can find these towns here, listed from south to north as you make your way toward the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park.


With a population of just under 200, 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.


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


Home to the world's largest elk antler arch, the Afton Snowmobile Hill Climb Challenge and the Lincoln County Fair, Afton offers small-town fun year round, as well as local lodging. The nearby Swift Creek features Intermittent Springs, the largest cold water geyeser. 


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.


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


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


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.


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. 


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.


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


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. Greys River Sports rents fishing gear, stand-up paddleboards and kayaks. Alpine also is 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.

Don't Miss

Take a drive through all of Star Valley's communities along the beautiful Star Valley Scenic Byway. Head to Afton to see to both the world's largest elkhorn elkhorn arch and the world's largest intermittent springs (often referred to as Periodic Springs). Don't forget to stop by the Cutter Racing Museum in Thayne and take a hike along the Green Canyon Trail system in Star Valley Ranch. Fort Bridger State Historic Site and Fossil Butte National Monument lie just south of Star Valley, while Grand Teton National Park is located just north, making it easy for you to extend your stay.

Star Valley Scenic Byway
Star Valley Scenic Byway

Looking for local events in Star Valley? The town of Alpine hosts Alpine Mountain Days annually, which includes a pioneer village, food vendors and a craft show. Other can't-miss events in Star Valley include the Star Valley Half Marathon and the Lincoln County Fair.