Swan Valley’s stunning natural beauty, diverse ecosystems, and abundant wildlife are truly unique.
Swan Valley, Irwin and Palisades are the communities that comprise the scenic valley that nestle along the banks of the South Fork of the Snake River below Palisades Dam, collectively known as Swan Valley. With the Big Hole Range to the north, the Caribou Mountains to the south and the Palisades Range to the east the valley is provided with splendid panoramas and year-round outdoor activities for sportsmen and adventurers.
Scenic Beauty & Wildlife
Swan Valley is home to diverse range of wildlife. Visitors and locals alike delight in sharing the land with species such as Elk, Moose, Deer, Big Horned Sheep, Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owls and Osprey.
World Class Recreation
On the south side of Swan Valley is the twenty-mile long Palisades Reservoir which provides great fishing, water sports, ice fishing and stunning scenery as it is hemmed in by the peaks of the Snake River Range and The Caribou Mountain Range. Many marvel at the paucity of boats on such a beautiful lake.
The Caribou Mountains are laced with backcountry roads and so access is quite easy. The Fall Creek Drainage has become a magnet for mountain bikers and always was for off highway vehicle enthusiasts and has been their popular camping/riding destination because of its vast network of trails.
The Snake River Range is a popular spot for hiking and horseback trail riding as the scenery there is stunning. The further in you go, the more solitude you will find.
The northwestern end of the Big Hole Mountains are laced with a network of dirt roads but the south end by Swan Valley as all access by trail only. The Big Holes are an awesome getaway for the hiker, horseback rider, and the ATV rider.
The surrounding mountains are home to elk, deer, mountain goats, black and grizzly bears. Swan Valley is on the south side of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and so shares many wild assets as Yellowstone itself. The mountains and valleys have tremendous hunting, and the many mountain streams are all full of wild cutthroat trout.