The holidays in Sun Valley are unique. From the snow-covered peaks (and ski runs!) that surround the Wood River Valley, to the old-fashioned charm of the Sun Valley Village and the decidedly European feel of the Resort, Christmas in Sun Valley is straight out of a beloved picture book. I have spent more than 30 Christmases in Sun Valley and while I certainly appreciate all that the Resort does to keep current (our amazing snowmaking and grooming, the gorgeous Lodge remodel, The Spa, and new
That well-known question that starts off many summer days of “What should we do today?” isn’t as simple as it sounds here in Sun Valley. That’s because the real question in our slice of Northern Rockies heaven is more along the lines of: “How much do we want to do today?”
If you’re looking for some recreation under the sun, the opportunities are almost endless here. Would you like to mountain bike or go for a hike? How about playing a round or two of golf or tennis, going for a horseback ride or casting a fly rod for trout? Would you enjoy road biking or roller blading on the bike path? How about hitting the skate park or the bowling alley or the ice skating rink? Maybe some time shooting at the Gun Club or taking a gondola ride or chair lift to the top of Baldy would be better. Or maybe you want to a little bit of it all?
There are all kinds of fun ways to enjoy a day—or, better yet, several—when it comes to recreation in Sun Valley during the warm weather months. So here’s a rundown of some options for you and your family.
Between the lift access flow trails on Baldy and the numerous single track surrounding Sun Valley, our area offers hundreds of miles of some of the best mountain biking in the country. The team over at Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports has all the info and gear you need for a great day of mountain biking.
Don’t miss: The Ride Sun Valley Festival from June 23-26th.
Ask any group of locals to name the top reasons why they live here and they’ll undoubtedly include hiking as one of their answers. From strenuous all day affairs into the backcountry to short and easy strolls in search of wildflowers, there is literally a lifetime’s worth of great hikes surrounding Sun Valley.
Don’t miss: Hiking Bald Mountain, which offers lift access to the top for those who prefer to only hike downhill, or a lift ride down as reward for the 3,000’ hike to the top. Lift tickets are available at the River Run Lodge.
Sun Valley is home to three world-class courses, all unique and challenging and offering stunning views of their own. The Sun Valley Club House is the starting spot for both the Trail Creek and White Clouds courses, and they can also help get you set up for a round at Elkhorn. The Club House is also home to a popular restaurant, beloved for its Bloody Mary’s and sun deck.
Don’t Miss: The Sawtooth Putting Course, located at the club house next to the driving range, is a lot of fun for the whole family.
Originally founded in the 1930s and home to one of the most accomplished staffs in the nation, there are plenty of reasons why the Sun Valley Gun Club is considered to be one of the best in the West. Please call (208) 622-2111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Don’t Miss: Shooting skeet at the Gun Club is fun for people of just about any age (12 and up is usually recommend) or any physical ability and can be done with friends and family in groups of up to five.
Much like the Gun Club, the Sun Valley Stables first opened about the same time the resort did in 1936. Located along Sun Valley Road, the stables offer 34 dude or trail riding horses and another 16 draft horses for pulling wagons and carriages. Trail rides are offered several times each day for riders 8 years of age and up. Nad reservations are highly recommended. For more information, please call 208.622.2387
Don’t Miss: A Wagon Ride out to Trail Creek Cabin for dinner.
Home to some of the best instructors and facilities in the Rockies, Sun Valley Tennis and Swim has long been popular with locals and visitors alike. The Olympic pool is and ideal place to spend a hot summer day. For more information, please call 208.622.2156 or email email@example.com
Don’t Miss: Sun Valley Challenge Camps, which offers superior instruction in a fun group setting with adult, teen and children’s camps throughout the season.
Roll Along the Bike Path
Biking isn’t just popular on the mountain biking trails, there are also over 20 miles of paved bike path locally. The Wood River Trail is a great way to get around the entire valley and is popular with bicyclists, skateboarders, roller bladers, runners and dog walkers. Pete Lane’s Mountain Sports rents all kinds of gear to enjoy some time on the bike path.
Don’t Miss: Renting a cruiser-style bike for trips into town for treats or drinks. Bicycling is a part of the fabric of life in Sun Valley and just like everything else around here, we usually like to ride in style.
Sun Valley may be most famous for skiing, hiking and mountain biking, but its also home to some hallowed waters in the fly fishing world. Both Trail Creek and the Big Wood River offer solid fishing options within a short ride from the resort, while the Blue Ribbon crystal clear waters of Silver Creek are just a short ride away. Local tackle shops like Silver Creek Outfitters are home to some of the best guides in the West.
Don’t Miss: Penny Lake (4 miles from Ketchum on the Warm Springs Road) or Gaver’s Lagoon (at the Hayspur Hatchery across from the Silver Creek Preserve) are both regularly stocked with trout by Idaho Fish and Game and are ideal places to bring kids fishing.
Outdoor ice skating in the middle of the summer may sound a little crazy, but it’s long been part of the tradition of Sun Valley. One of only a few year-round outdoor rinks in the nation, the ice rink offers amazing views and a unique way to recreate in the summer.
Don’t Miss: Sun Valley’s famous summer ice shows feature some of the best figure skaters in the world. Olympians and World Champions show off their skills on the ice to the delight of thousands each season. The shows run on select Saturday nights from July through Labor Day.
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