You don’t need any complicated directions to find the Elkhorn Arch in Afton, Wyoming. Drive into town on US Route 89 and there it is spanning Washington Street in the middle of town.
According to a nearby sign, the arch is 75 feet long and 18 feet high. It is composed of over 3,000 elk antlers and weighs 15 tons.
The term “elkhorn” is a misnomer. Horns are permanent such as those on a bull. Elk shed their antlers every year but for some reason the term elkhorn has stuck to this landmark in Wyoming’s Star Valley.
While you are admiring the arch, be sure to take a drink from the spring water fountain. The water comes from north America’s only cold water geyser. The spring is located about five miles east of Afton and starts and stops at several minute intervals throughout the day.
To learn more about visiting Afton and Star Valley, go to the Montpelier to Jackson Road Trip Guide.