As the weather shifts and we begin to settle into the quieter routines of fall, we can start to take things a little slower—to reflect and enjoy the cozy feeling the crisp new season brings. With luxurious lodging and unbeatable access to the things that make the great outdoors just that, Sun Valley Resort is the destination for an ideal autumn getaway, and provides the backdrop for exactly the kind of rest and relaxation this changing season calls for.
Autumn in the Sawtooths: Fall Foliage at Its Finest
The highlight of every fall season is the chance to witness the fleeting beauty of the changing fall colors. Sun Valley offers an unrivaled vantage point to behold the breathtaking beauty of the Sawtooth Mountains. At the heart of the resort, you can take in the bigger picture, surrounded by the foliage on all sides, then go deeper into the tapestry of color—venture onto the winding mountain trails where you can get up close and personal with all the oranges, yellows, browns, and reds in the autumnal palette. A popular trail close by that takes you through plenty of color-changing aspens is Proctor Mountain Trail, a moderate 4.2-mile hike with gorgeous views of the valley.
Get Outside: Activities to Enjoy Under the Autumn Sun
With cooler air, it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy your favorite mountain adventures. For those seeking the thrill and challenge of marksmanship, our Gun Club provides a safe and exhilarating shooting experience. Plus, there’s still time for fall tee times! Golf enthusiasts can tee off on our meticulously manicured championship golf course, surrounded by breathtaking scenery. And while lift-accessed biking trails will be closed for the season, there are still plenty of paths to explore on two wheels. For a more leisurely autumn course, take a spin on the White Clouds trails.
The annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival is a cherished tradition that celebrates the rich heritage of sheep ranching in the region from October 4 - October 8. This festival offers a unique opportunity to witness the breathtaking spectacle of thousands of sheep being herded down Main Street in Ketchum, accompanied by cultural displays, live music, and delicious food, making it a must-visit for both locals and visitors alike.
Fall Refresh: Time for a Spa Day
Before winter settles in with its cold, dry air, the Spa at Sun Valley recommends a little rest and relaxation. The Spa at Sun Valley is offering a variety of specials and events to keep you well and refreshed for the season. This October, enjoy 20% off Massages & Facials every day, or 30% off these services from Sunday to Thursday from November 1 - November 22. Join us at the Sun Valley Spa on October 28th for an unforgettable evening basking in the breathtaking beauty of the Golden Hour in Sun Valley, where the magic of nature meets relaxation and luxury. This exclusive event includes live music, cocktails or mocktails, an intentional ritual experience, and so much more.
Slow Down & Connect: Experience the Sun Valley Village
This time of year allows for reconnecting with the ones you love most. The Sun Valley Village offers all the amenities and activities to connect in quieter ways. Take a cool stroll through the shops, like, or catch a film at the charming, historic Opera House. Get a little competitive and bowl some frames at the Bowling Alley and Game Room in the Sun Valley Lodge, or get cozy at the historic Ram Restaurant. From dining at all times of day to quality time activities, a Sun Valley fall staycation allows you to disconnect from the busyness of the day-to-day and reconnect to what’s important.
“Best of all he loved the fall, the leaves yellow on the cottonwoods. Leaves floating on the trout streams and above the hills. The high blue windless skies, now he will be a part of them forever.”