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What's the Difference Between Star Valley and Star Valley Ranch?

When considering a move or planning a visit to beautiful western Wyoming, you might encounter two names that sound quite similar but offer distinct experiences: Star Valley and Star Valley Ranch. Both located in Lincoln County, they share stunning landscapes and close-knit communities.

Map of Star Valley, Wyoming
Map of Star Valley, WY

Star Valley refers to the larger valley area, encompassing several towns and communities, including Smoot, Fairview, Afton, Grover, Auburn, Thayne, Star Valley Ranch, Bedford, Freedom, Etna, and Alpine. This region stretches for about 50 miles, surrounded by the Caribou-Targhee National Forest to the west and the Bridger-Teton National Forest to the east.

Aerial photo of Star Valley Ranch, WY
Star Valley Ranch, WY

Star Valley Ranch is a smaller, incorporated community within Star Valley, located just north-east of Thayne. This residential area is known for its resort-style amenities and tranquil environment.

The community boasts three beautiful courses: Aspen Hills, Cedar Creek, and the original RV Park golf course.

SVR is primarily residential, offering a range of housing options from charming cabins to modern homes. It’s a popular choice for those seeking a peaceful lifestyle with easy access to recreational activities.

Tucked away at the base of the Salt River Range, Star Valley Ranch offers residents stunning views and direct access to nature trails for hiking and wildlife viewing. It’s a haven for those who love the outdoors but prefer a quieter, more structured environment.

While the term Star Valley refers to the larger valley encompassing several towns, Star Valley Ranch is an incorporated community within this region. Understanding this distinction is crucial when planning to relocate or travel to the area, as each offers unique experiences and amenities. Besides, knowing the difference might just earn you some brownie points with the locals!

Are you or someone you know looking to buy or sell real estate in the Star Valley area? Contact me, your trusted Star Valley realtor, for expert advice and personalized service. Let's make your real estate dreams a reality!

Paige Alise - Realtor 


571 S Washington, Afton, WY 83110

Call/Text: (307)413-4645

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