Alpine and Star Valley

Rural satellite to Jackson Hole with sprawling lush meadows and big Wyoming adventures.

Welcome to Alpine and Star Valley

Nestled in the heart of a verdant valley between Wyoming’s Salt River Range and Idaho’s Webster Range, Star Valley is a tranquil community draped in breathtaking scenery and small-town charm while offering a treasure trove of recreation for locals and guests. A hidden gem in Western Wyoming speckled with dainty, western towns—Alpine, Etna, Afton, Thayne, and more—while tucked against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains 35 miles from Jackson Hole.

Star Valley was originally inhabited by the Shoshone Indians who were drawn to the locality for its abundant game and pure salt deposits found near the present-day town of Auburn. Around the mid-1800s, it came to be a place settled by Mormon pioneers who proclaimed it "The Star of All Valleys" for its scenic beauty and the star-studded night sky.

An iconic place to call home, real estate in Star Valley features a diverse range of architectural styles and price ranges to satisfy different tastes and budgets while ensuring there's a perfect place for you in the community. From 3-acre log homes accented with copper and stone to private Fly-in communities in Alpine and historic ranch properties, it appeals to those wanting the Wyoming experience away from the tourist centric Jackson Hole.

What to Love

• Palisades Reservoir for boating
• Snowmobiling up the Grey's River
• Fishing the Salt, Snake and Grey's Rivers

People & Lifestyle

Quiet, scenic, and dripping with bucolic charm, Star Valley is perfect for all types of families seeking a Wild West retreat near excellent schools and the buzz of Jackson Hole. If you want to wake up in your bed with gorgeous valley views peeking through your window, look no further than this genuine Wyoming region.

With its many recreational options—from fly-fishing along any of the three rivers gushing into the Palisades Reservoir to hiking one of the many scenic trails to wildlife viewing and sledding in the winter, Star Valley is a welcoming haven for outdoorsy types, and residents revel in the high quality of life that comes with living here.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

In Alpine and Star Valley, everything from the cuisine to the air you breathe is healthy and fresh, so rest assured—quality dining experiences in this neighborhood are guaranteed.

Wrap yourself in the rustic Western charm at Colter's Lodge, which offers a bar, café, and a steakhouse. Sit back and enjoy plates of fresh seafood with your family at a large table in front of a cozy gas fireplace.

Craving sugar-free truffles? Stop at Star Valley Chocolates for an assortment of homemade gourmet chocolate, fudge, and truffles. You'll also find everything from creamy lattes to ice cream, espressos, and cakes.

For modern Thai fare, fresh beer, and Brussels sprouts, Melvin Brewing Company is a must-stop. Enjoy a plate of spicy fried rice or Thai poutine paired with a glass of cider.
Not in the mood to make breakfast on a Saturday morning? Dine at Three Canyons Restaurant for quesadillas and fresh-baked muffins to savor with the kids.

Things to Do

Enjoy excellent fishing for large cutthroat trout and mackinaw in the Palisades Reservoir during spring when the cool temperatures keep fish very active, and water levels are more stable. 

Head into Alpine or Thayne for sled rentals and hit some of the best snowmobile trails with access to high country bowls. You can also hike the 1.5-mile trail leading to one of the world's most phenomenal springs—the Periodic Spring in Afton—for a chance to see a natural wonder that gushes every eighteen minutes only to stop for another eighteen minutes.

Support the community by attending Alpine Mountain Days at the Marge Grover Memorial Park for an Arts & Craft Show, diverse food vendors, commercial booths, stunning Native American performances, and fun family activities. Find thrills at the adrenaline-infused Alpine Car Show.


Star Valley is served by Lincoln County School District, home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

Thayne Elementary School
Afton Elementary School
Star Valley Middle School
Cokeville High School
Star Valley High School

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Carol Linton has been a Wyoming resident and property owner since 1980. Her passion for real estate, interior design, and architecture has contributed to her enormously successful career.

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