Spring and Summer Activities: CAMPING, HIKING, FISHING, GOLFING, BOATING, WATER SKIING, KAYAKING, WHITE WATER RAFTING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, SIGHTSEEING, MOTORSPORTS and don’t for get RELAXING!
Spring Activity: Shed antler hunting: Every spring the local wildlife begin to grow a new set of antlers for the season and the old ones are “shed” off. This is fun for the whole family, spend the day in the forest looking for antlers for Mule Deer, Elk and Moose. Just remember shed hunting season starts May 1st in Wyoming. (This can be done all year round in Idaho but you’ll have the best luck in the spring.)
Spring Activity: Morel Mushroom Hunting: If the spring is good and wet which is usually the case, certain spots in the timber will produce Morel mushrooms. Morchella, the true morels, is a genus of edible mushrooms closely related to anatomically simpler cup fungi. These distinctive fungi appear honeycomb-like, with their cap composed of a network of ridges with pits. Morels are sought by thousands of enthusiasts every spring for their supreme taste and the joy of the hunt, and are highly prized by gourmet cooks, particularly in French cuisine.
Palisades Reservoir: Truly unique body of water on the Idaho and Wyoming border. The reservoir has 70 miles of limited access shoreline nestled between Snake river range and Caribou Range and is a beautiful setting where wildlife thrives in abundance. Great for fishing, boating, stand-up-paddle boarding, water sports, picnicking and camping. Palisades’ fish species include cutthroat and brown trout, kokanee and mackinaw. The Palisades Reservoir provides another summer activity that is literally at the end of the 46U runway. Don’t forget your swim suit, fishing rods and your boat!
The Greys River Loop: This is best explored on your dirt bike, ATV, Side by Side or your trusty 4×4. You can start your adventure at the Smith Fork Road, 14(+) miles south of Afton, or at the other end the Greys River Road in Alpine. It is a 70 mile adventure that includes towering Peaks, vast meadows, and unlimited fishing access to the Greys river will leave you awe struck. This is a perfect day drive with options to picnic or camp anywhere along the way. A true Wyoming back country experience that is 5 minutes from any Alpine Airpark residence. Pick up a topo map of the area and discover more auto tours one includes a trip out of Alpine up and over McDougal Gap. The road is the only road that crosses the Wyoming Range and allows access to the Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail from both the west via Sheep Creek, and east via North Cottonwood/Ryegrass Road.
Hiking: Being on the boarder of Idaho and Wyoming, there are thousands of miles of hiking trails for all ages and energy levels. You don’t need to drive to Jackson to get the goods either. Just a short drive down the Greys river road you will find miles of trails. Head into Idaho via either McCoy Creek or Jack Knife road and it won’t take you long to find more trails than you could hike in a life time.
Mountain Biking: There are copious amount of trails in Star Valley & Jackson, for every skill level. JHMR & Grand Targhee have chairlift accessed biking. Teton Pass has downhill as well as XC trails that will test all of your skills. For a truly epic and remote ride check out some of the trails just right up the Grey’s River Road and make your own adventure!
Fishing: Are you kidding me! The Alpine Airpark sits at the end of the confluences of the Greys, Salt and Snake rivers to form the Palisades Reservoir. Whether you gear fish, worm fish or fly fish you will catch fish. The Salt River has decent public access to good fishing holes. The Greys River and Little Greys River are spectacular mountain streams that have roads alongside. The snake runs from Jackson lake and there are many access points along the way. Native cutthroat and rainbow trout will provide any angler a battle. And the best part is you can fish for an hour or all day, since there is hardly any effort needed to get to the goods.
Golfing: In Star Valley: A short 20 minute drive south of Alpine you’ll find Star Valley Ranch. It is a premier community with two professional golf courses: Cedar Creek, an 18-hole course and Aspen Hills, a 9-hole course. In Jackson there are many course to challenge you. Here are a few: 3 Creek Ranch is a private, luxury, 18 hole golf resort steeped in the natural beauty of Jackson. JH Golf & Tennis Club has 18 holes, local wildlife, dramatic views of the Tetons, and a meticulously kept Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course. Teton Pines is regarded as one of the finest mountain golf facilities in the United States and features a spectacular, yet challenging, 18 hole course designed by Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay. Snake River Sporting Ranch is just a few miles up the Snake River Canyon.
River Running: For a true whitewater experience you can run the Grand Canyon of the Snake River its right out the back door. If you are an experienced kayaker the Greys river is already on your hit list. The Salt river provides a great way to get on the water with out too much whitewater, fun to run in your touring kayak.
Sightseeing: All you need to do here is just look 360° around you Alpine and Star Valley are just amazing. Grand Teton National Park, includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. Yellowstone National Park is only a 2.5 hour drive away and only 10 miles from Grand Teton NP. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho too. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species, including bear, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.
Don’t miss Alpine Mountain Days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 24 through 26, at the Donn Wooden Civic Center in Alpine, Wyoming. There’s lots of activities for the whole family. Pioneer Village with Mountain Men and Native American dancers, a live birds of prey demonstration, 40 merchandise and food vendors, live musical performances, raffle drawings, a chili cook off and much, much more. Check out the new Community Village, with free fun stuff for kids to do. Kick off summer right, come to Alpine Mountain Days for a fun-filled time with family, friends and neighbors! More info: www.alpinewy.org
Yeee Haaa… Jackson Hole Rodeo: Rodeos are Wednesdays and Saturdays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Select Fridays, 3rd, 10th, and 31st of July and every Friday in August ending with our Finals September 2nd, 4th, and 5th. Short 35 min drive up the beautiful snake river canyon and you can get your cowboy on, don’t forget your Stetson.
Fall and Winter Activities: HUNTING, DOWNHILL SKIING, XC SKIING, SNOWMOBILING, SIGHTSEEING and don’t for get RELAXING!
Fall is truly a special time of year here. You are able to most of the activities that you get to enjoy all summer however there are less tourist in town.
Fall Activity: Big Game Hunting: Star Valley has elk, deer, bear, moose, mountain lion and mountain sheep. Many trophy animals harvested here rank in the Boone and Crockett registry. Local guides and outfitters cater to sportsmen from all around the nation who come here to enjoy some of the best trophy hunting in the world.
Once the snow starts flying there is no reason to leave.
Snowmobiling: With over 350+ miles of groomed forest service trails in Star Valley & the Greys River area, beginners and experienced snowmobilers have plenty of options. If you are an experienced rider, there are hundreds of miles of untracked powder to shred. You can rent snowmobiles or have a guided snowmobile tour. The Grey’s River District is noted as one of the top five snowmobile destinations in the USA.
Down Hill Skiing: One day of world class skiing at Jackson Mountain Resort “The Village”, will make you wonder why you didn’t just become a ski bum after high school. Skiing at Grand Targhee Resort provides awesome skiing and dramatic views of the “other side” of the Tetons. “The King” is Jackson’s original ski hill, founded in 1939. It was the first ski area in the state of Wyoming, and locals refer to Snow King as “The Town Hill.” It offers three-hour passes and night skiing on its north-facing slopes.
Cross Country Skiing: The Alpine XC SKI Association is a non-profit organization that starts grooming both a classic and skate ski track when snow permits. Residents of the Airpark can enjoy the trails by simply skiing from home. There is a parking area and trail head just north west of town off County Road 100 (Airport Road) west of the Airport at the end of of the Road, across from the rugby field. The Palisades Reservoir recedes to almost a river during the winter, so the trail isn’t actually over frozen water (as it looks on some GPS maps), rather, over the dry lakebed. From the parking lot, the start of the trail is just past the cattle grate. There are signs along the trail requesting that snowmobiles respect the groomed tracks. It has a couple of loops and is a nice flat 6 to 7 mile ski. There is no tree cover so the trails are subject to wind and sun. Trail usage is free, thanks to the Alpine XC Ski Association, however donations are welcome. www.alpinexcski.com