The towns of Swan Valley and Irwin and the unincorporated area of Palisades comprise the scenic communities that nestle along the banks of the South Fork of the Snake River, one of the premier dry-fly fisheries in North America. With the Big Hole Range to the north, the Caribou Mountains to the south and the Palisades Range to the east, splendid panoramas abound and year-round outdoor activities are a magnet for sportsmen and adventurers.
This pristine valley is part of the Yellowstone ecosystem which is home to the largest elk and Rocky Mountain big horn sheep herds in the country. Numerous white tail and mule deer, moose, bear, mountain lions and some mountain goats also populate the region. Trumpeter swans, sand hill cranes, bald eagles, osprey and many other species of birds also provide exciting viewing for ornithologists.
Swan Valley truly is a valley for all seasons and opportunities to fly fish, float, camp, hunt, hike, trail ride, bird watch, snow mobile, cross country ski, snow shoe and just play in the great outdoors can appeal to the desires of any outdoor recreation enthusiast, regardless of age. Resort-style accommodations and a variety of restaurants, eateries and shops also are available year-round to meet the needs of tourists, trailriders and outdoor recreationists.
For travelers who wish to venture beyond the valley to explore other nuggets in the region, Jackson Hole, home of the Grand Teton National Park and the world-famous Grand Teton Mountain Range, and adjoining Yellowstone National Park are a short drive away through majestic mountain passes.