Located eight miles north of Afton and 61 miles south of Jackson Hole, the Salt River Narrows Ranch lies along the upper reach of the Salt River Valley just before it drops through the Narrows that divide the north and south halves of Star Valley. The ranch has convenient access to all of the basic necessities in the nearby Star Valley towns of Afton, Thayne and Alpine. It is also an easy and beautiful drive into Jackson, which offers a broad cross-section of social, commercial, medical, and cultural amenities. Commercial airline service is available in Jackson, with daily non-stop service to Salt Lake City and Denver, and seasonal direct service to major cites. Additionally, Afton Municipal Airport (AFO), home of the Aviat Husky manufacturing facility, is 12 miles away and offers a 7,025’X75’ asphalt runway for private aircraft.
Star Valley was settled by Mormon pioneers in the late 1870s and was named by one of the church’s general authorities as the “Star of all Valley’s” for its natural beauty. Agriculture has been a long-standing mainstay of the local economy. Through the early part of the twentieth century, herds of dairy cows flourished in the area to provide milk for local creameries and cheese factories. Many of the dairy herds have left the valley, but hay production and beef cattle remain an important part of the local economy.
As Jackson Hole has grown to become one of the most sought-after addresses in the west, the popularity of this southern neighbor has grown as well. The 40-mile-long Star Valley has four incorporated towns and several smaller communities. While Jackson offers a quick trip for fine dining, museums, and shopping, the local towns provide all of the basic necessities including hardware stores, sporting goods, banks, grocery stores, and several good restaurants.
The Salt River runs the length of Star Valley and is considered one of the great trout fisheries in the region. It merges with the Snake River at the north end of the valley and forms Palisade Reservoir. Below the reservoir, the river is known as the South Fork of the Snake, to differentiate itself from the Henry’s Fork of the Snake, and is truly one of the best Cutthroat trout fisheries in the west. In addition to fishing, Star Valley is surrounded by national forest, providing easy access to hiking, backpacking, horseback and ATV trails, and snowmobiling.
Besides a solid base of local residents, Star Valley boasts multiple small ranches like the Salt River Narrows Ranch. It is an ideal location for people wishing to take advantage of Jackson’s many cultural offerings, galleries, shops, and world-class gourmet restaurants while also enjoying immediate uncrowded access to the many recreational opportunities closer to home.
At over 6,000 feet on the west side of the continental divide, the Salt River Narrows Ranch has cool summer nights and comfortably warm days. The average annual precipitation is approximately 18.16 inches in nearby Afton, with most months receiving over an inch of precipitation and May and June being the heavy months averaging over 2 inches. The typical summer night is in the low 50’s, and days usually do not exceed the low 80’s. Winter months are cold, with highs below freezing and single-digit lows. The growing season is short, with approximately 70 frost-free days.