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Star Valley, Wyoming Travel Guide

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The Star Valley spans the western edge of the Wyoming Range mountains, running along the eastern edge of the Wyoming border with Idaho. The northern edge of Star Valley is hemmed by the Snake River as it cuts through Alpine Canyon and its southern terminus lies forty miles away, close to Cokeville. Bordered on the east by the Wyoming Range and on the West by the Salt River Range with the scenic Greys River basin bisecting the land, the Star Valley is dominated by wide vistas and riparian, rolling green plains, a striking difference from the jagged peaks of the Teton Range and the Jackson area to the north and the moonscape of the Red Desert to the south. The valley is additionally steeped in Oregon Trail history as the western terminus of the Lander Cutoff, used by travelers along trail to shave off almost 100 miles of traveling while avoiding Mormon strongholds in Utah at the same time. Today, the Star Valley is best known for its cattle industry, with a focus on dairy farming, but the valley is also a great venue for many different kinds of recreation and visitors who have time to spend here will be pleasantly surprised.

The Star Valley can be accessed from several different directions, but the most widely traveled is the route extending from Jackson Hole to the east via route 89 through Alpine Canyon to the southern end of valley and Evanston. Travelers from the west can access the Valley by way of the I-15 corridor through Idaho via the Soda Springs exit through Freedom Arms to Alpine. There are a variety of small towns dotting the Star Valley, through travelers will have more variety for lodging and dining options in either Afton or Alpine.

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