|Swan Valley Rodeo
||Swan Valley Rodeo is held twice per summer
usually once on July and the other in September. It is
put on be Crystal Brothers Rodeo and hosted by Daryl Ricks
at his ranch in Irwin ID.
Yellowstone's South entrance is
only about a 1.75 hour drive from Star Valley and the west
enterance is about 2.5 hour drive. Either way you have a scenic
drive past the Grand Teton mountain range. I recomend going
in one way and coming out the other.
Established on March 1, 1872, Yellowstone National Park
is the first and oldest national park in the world.
Preserved within Yellowstone are Old Faithful Geyser and some 10,000
hot springs and geysers, the majority of the planet's total. These geothermal
wonders are evidence of one of the world's largest active volcanoes;
its last eruption created a crater or caldera that spans almost half
of the park.
An outstanding mountain wildland with clean water and air, Yellowstone
is home of the grizzly bear and wolf, and free-ranging herds of bison
and elk. It is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of
the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems remaining on the planet.
The human history of the park dates back 12,000 years. The events of
the last 130 years of park history are reflected in the historic structures
and sites associated with various periods of park administration and
visitor facilities development.
Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park is a Scenic 60 minutes
away. Established in 1929, Grand Teton National
Park emerged from a complicated and controversial series
of events. The park first consisted of the mountain range
and several glacial lakes. Later the valley floor was protected
as Jackson Hole National Monument. The two areas were combined
Today the park encompasses nearly 310,000 acres and protects the Teton
Range, Jackson Hole (mountain valley), a 50-mile portion of the Snake
River, seven morainal lakes, over 100 backcountry and alpine lakes, and
a wide range of wildlife and plant species.
The park is also rich in a cultural history that includes seven eras
of human history: early peoples (paleo-indians), Native Americans (modern
tribes), fur trappers, homesteaders, ranchers/farmers, conservationists,
and recreationalists. Climbing, hiking and backpacking, camping, fishing,
wildlife and bird watching, horseback riding, boating on Jackson and
Jenny Lakes, rafting on the Snake River, bicycling, and photography are
all common activities in the area.
About 4 million visitors enjoy the park each year, most visit between
Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day.
|The South Fork of the Snake River
The South Fork of the Snake is
in southeastern Idaho close to the Wyoming border.
The South Fork begins as it flows out of 20 mile long
in the community of Swan Valley, forming a 64-mile
stretch of legendary tail-water fly-fishing, it has
been rated as the best wild trout fishery in the lower
48 states.The South
Fork is also
a beautiful river for flat water rafting, canoeing
and kayaking. If you float this river in a canoe know
what you are doing
as it is big water and its flat-water appearance
can fool you to its dangers.
|Hunting Elk, Deer, Moose, Bear,Turkey,
Geese, Ducks, Mountain Lion, Mountain Goats etc.
||The magnificent mountains of eastern Idaho
are well known for their diversity of big game animals.
Elk, mule deer, bear, antelope, moose, mountain lion, mountain
goat, and bighorn sheep can all be hunted here in the Yellowstone
ecosystem. Many Boon and Crocket records have been established
here. This region has a large selection of outfitters and
guides to fulfill the dreams of any sportsman.
|Greater Yellowstone Wildlife
||Nowhere else in the United States, including Alaska,
can the casual visitor observe such a striking diversity of "charismatic
mega-fauna" (the large mammals) that abound in this region,
Bald eagles, golden eagles, black bear, the elusive cougar, the
wolverine, the pine marten and the gray wolf. Jackson Hole and
Yellowstone are home to that most formidable icon of wildness,
the grizzly bear. The region also hosts the largest herds of
elk in North America and is one of the few remaining areas in
the lower 48 states where the grizzly bear still roams in significant
numbers, and is home to the largest free-ranging herd of bison
in the lower 48 states.
||Palisades Reservoir is a picturesque body of water
in eastern Idaho on U.S. Highway 26 near the Idaho & Wyoming
border and about 25 miles west of Jackson Hole Wyoming. The reservoir
is nestled between the Snake River Range and the Caribou Range
and is a beautiful setting where wildlife thrives in abundance.
The drive between Star Valley Wyoming and Swan Valley Idaho along
Palisades Lake is a treat for the visitor and a treasure for
the resident. Access to t Palisades Reservoir, for both shore
and boat anglers, is best on the northwest side, along U.S. route