Later, it was said that the name was shortened to Star Valley.
The other theory is that the name came from Starvation (Starve) Valley when bitter winters hit the valley in the late 1880s.
Explorers were documented traveling through the area beginning in 1812 as they sought new routes to the West Coast.
Trappers from both America and Canada also came to the area until the 1840s when emigrants began traveling through the upper Star Valley on the Oregon Trail, this took place in the 1850s and 1860s. and LDS Apostles Moses Thatcher colonized the valley.
Originally taking place in Thayne, Wyoming back in the 1920s, the races involve horses, sleds, snow and ice.
Capitol, focal point of the city and seat of USA's government.The only incorporated towns within the Valley are Afton, Alpine, Star Valley Ranch and Thayne.Star Valley is approximately 50 miles long and 14 miles wide.Surrounded by the Bridger-Teton, Caribou and Targhee National Forests, the Star Valley offers numerous recreational activities.Not the least of which is fishing, with three rivers meeting at the Alpine Junction, which forms the Palisades Reservoir.