Alpine forms the northern end of the grassy Star Valley. It’s a commuter town for folks working in Jackson, and also a ranching area.
A class III section of the Snake River is just up the hill in Alpine Canyon. Recommend putting in at East Table and taking out at Sheep Gulch. Rent a boat at Rent-a-Raft in Hoback Junction if needed. While there are guided whitewater trips available, the river is certainly easy enough (for someone with class II to III skills and moderate river flow rate) to float independently.
The Alpine library is small but well-stocked. It has reliable wifi, workstations with power plugs, and helpful staff. Good dispersed camping 2 miles from town along Grays River Road. Many of the campsites on the north side of the road have river views. Fill up on water and propane at the Texaco, eat pizza at Tootsie’s North, and get local grass fed meat at the natural foods store. There’s a dingy laundromat in town also.
If we had a water ski boat, we’d have stayed longer. The Palisades Reservoir looks like a great place to ski!