CAMPING, HIKING & SIGHTSEEING
The Grand Loop of the Greys River - Whether you choose to start your trek at the Smith Fork Road, 14.7 miles south of Afton, or at the other end of Star Valley at the Greys River Road in Alpine, this 70 mile journey is both beautiful and historical.
Cottonwood Lake Recreation - Just 8.5 miles south of Afton, this amazing lake is great area for camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, picnicking and photography.
Intermittent Spring - The largest cold water geyser in the world is just 5 miles up Swift Creek in Afton. with a short 1/4 mile hike. The water faithfully starts and stops throughout most of the year, but during high run off season, mid-May to mid-August; the water does not stop completely.
Grover Park & Willow Creek - This scenic drive begins 5 miles north of Afton in Grover. This is a nice place for a picnic, enjoy the scenery and see some wildlife.
Strawberry Creek Reservoir - 12 miles north of Afton in Bedford, is a lake which was created in the early 1950’s to store water for the hydro-electric power plant. The geology exposed setting is striking. There is good hiking trail that extends beyond the reservoir. Take your lunch and camera.
Palisades Reservoir is a picturesque body of water in eastern Idaho on U.S. Hwy 26 near the Idaho & Wyoming border. The reservoir is nestled between Snake river range and Caribou Range and is a beautiful setting where wildlife thrives in abundance. Great for fishing, boating, picnicking and camping
Star Valley has more fishable trout streams you can drive to than any where else in the nation. Several areas have been designated along the
Salt River for public access to good fishing holes. The Greys River and little Greys River are beautiful mountain fresh water streams with roads running alongside the streams for 70 miles. All the streams and rivers yield fish. Native cutthroat trout identified by orange slashes under their gills and rainbow trout and mountain white fish all make a fine meal. The average length of the game fish is from 10 to 14 inches. They strike hard and give the angler a good battle. Sporting goods stores in Alpine, Thayne, or Afton sell resident and nonresident licenses.
Auburn Fish Hatchery: Situated 15 miles west of Grover, the Hatchery is open to visitors 8:00am - 4:30pm, seven days a week. It hatches eggs and cares for fish after they have hatched. The Hatchery accounts for the highest production of Cutthroat and Mackinaw Trout in Wyoming plus they raise Brook and Lake Trout of which over 50,000 are planted each year.
Star Valley View Golf Course in Afton is a newly constructed Johnny Miller design and has emerged as one of the finest public courses in the western Wyoming area. This course is a beautiful 6010 yard, 18 hole, par 70 course that is situated along the Bridger-Teton National Forest. There is a club house, a driving range, rentals, and carts available.
In the northern end of Star Valley are 3 courses located at Star Valley Ranch just east of Thayne. These courses include: Aspen Hills, A nine hole regulation par 36 course. This is one of the most challenging of all the courses in the valley; Cedar Creek, with 18 holes , is a par 73 course with varied degrees of challenge, and Star Valley Ranch RV Park Golf Course, a 4400-yard Executive course.
MUSEUMS & HISTORICAL PLACES
Aviat Aircraft Factory - Aviat is located just south of town of Afton and is home of the world famous Pitts Aerobatic Aircraft, the Eagle homebuilt kit and the Husky. Summer factory tours are available by appointment.
Afton’s Elkhorn Arch - Constructed in 1958, this world’s largest arch made of over 3,000 discarded elk antlers stand about 18 feet high and spans 75 feet across Afton’s Main Street.
Barn Museum - This is a beautifully restored barn housing historical farming & ranching implements & artifacts from early valley settlers. This museum is situated next to the Daughters of Utah Pioneers in the Afton Museum Complex. Located east of the Fair Grounds.
Call Air Museum - Located in the Afton Civic Center, you can peer in the cockpits of the original Call-Air aircraft & snow cars. Open with guilded tours Monday through Saturday June through Labor Day. Free Admission.
Daughters of Utah Pioneers - Historical objects and artifacts of the early Mormon settlers are on display at this Museum. They are open May through September from 1pm - 5pm on Friday and Saturday. Located east of the Fair Grounds in the Afton Museum Complex.
Freedom Arms - Freedom Arms is a weapons factory, where the world renowned, powerful Casull handguns and revolvers are manufactured. Visitors are welcome during working hours to see their display of handguns & view their short video on the weapons in action. Go four miles north of Thayne, turn west on Wyoming 239 and travel 1/2 mile west to the Factory.
Lander Trail Museum - Come relive the pioneer past in this Museum.located in the Afton Museum Comlex. Open Summer only - Volunteer hours may vary.
July 4th Weekend - Search & Rescue Ranch Rodeo - Lincoln County Fairgrounds, always held the Saturday night prior to July 4. Fireworks display at the conclusion of the Rodeo.
Lincoln County Fair PRCA Rodeos - Friday & Saturday nights - 1st weekend in August each year at the Fairgrounds in Afton.
Alpine’s Annual Mountain Days - Annual Event in June on Father’s Day Weekend. Visit Alpine & find yourself entertained with craft shows Native American Dancers, food, games, contests, raffle, door prizes and a chili cook-off from Friday thru Sunday! Each year more events are added.
Mountain Man Triathlon - Sponsored by Star Valley Medical Center. Held annually in conjuction with Alpine Mountain Days.
Shakespeare in the Park - July Annual Event. Town of Thayne. Sponsored by the Star Valley Arts Council.
Lincoln County Fair - Held the first week of August each year at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Afton. Events include a parade, demolition derby, horse pulls, rodeos, carnival rides, 4-H auctions and shows, hog wrestling, community booths displaying arts, crafts, foods, flowers, canned goods, etc., being judged & awarded ribbons.
Star Valley Historical Rock Church Play - Local talent produce an historical play at the Auburn Rock Church every Saturday from the middle of June to the middle of August. Minimal cost - but worth the time and money!
LOTOJA - The LoToJa was started in 1983 by two Logan cyclists, David Bern, a student at Utah State University, and Jeff Keller, the owner of Sunrise Cyclery. The two men wanted a race that resembled the difficulty of a one-day European classic like Paris-Roubaix or the Tour of Flanders. LoToJa's first year featured seven cyclists racing 192 miles from Logan to a finish line in Jackson's town square. The winning time was just over nine hours by Bob VanSlyke.
Since then, LoToJa has grown into one of the nation's premier amateur cycling races and continues to be a grueling test of one's physical and mental stamina. Many compete to win their respective category, while others just ride to cross the finish line. At 200+ miles, LoToJa is the longest one-day USAC-sanctioned bicycle race in the country. Cyclists must conquer three mountain passes as they pedal through the scenic terrain of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming en route to a finish line below the rugged Tetons at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. For more information, you may visit http://www.lotojaclassic.com/main/main/index.html
Alpine's Annual Car Show - The annual car show held at the Alpine Civic Center the third weekend of August.
Star Valley Half Marathon - This event is held in July. Recognized as one of the "Top Marathons Races worth traveling for". This is in honor for Jeremy Kunz, when a drunk driver hit and killed the 33-year-old father of three. His family immediately set about honoring Jer's life by embracing the things he loved. And an interesting thing happened. Running, or more accurately runners, returned that love - even those who'd never met him.
Family members who'd never run formed second and third versions of the Wannabes. Melinda's family formed the "Don't really Wannabes" and took to the road to express their love for Jer. When the family discussed ways to celebrate the life of Jeremy Kunz, it didn't take them long to settle on a tribute. On July 9 - just three days before what would have been his 35th birthday - the Kunz family will host the Star Valley Half Marathon. "(Denice) wanted something that would help us share Jer's memory with others," said Melinda. Star Valley (Wyoming) is where Jer grew up before graduating from Utah State and settling in Kamas with Melinda. "It's a beautiful place," Melinda said. "And Star Valley doesn't have a half marathon."
Since announcing the race (www.starvalleyhalfmarathon.com ), she has heard from many people who plan to participate in it. It seems that even Jer's memory can convince non-runners to take up the sport.
Afton Summer Craze - Typically held over the Mormon Pioneer Day Holiday. Event includes Friday & Saturday events, Rotary Chili Cook-off, and Grand Fireworks Display at Dusk.