Things to do in Sun Valley, ID
Sun Valley is a town in central Idaho, adjacent to Ketchum. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the area's many opportunities for outdoor sports including hiking, skiing, and ice-skating. Both Bald Mountain (Baldy) and Dollar Mountain are well-known in the ski community. The area has long been a haunt for celebrities including Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable, and Marilyn Monroe. Modern-day enthusiasts include Justin Timberlake, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg. Learn more about all the things to do in Idaho.
Sun Valley, Idaho Tourism
Sun Valley certainly has its year-round residents, but many of the people you'll see in town are visitors who are on vacation or staying at a second home. One thing that first-time visitors should keep in mind is that while Sun Valley is mostly known for its sporting opportunities, there is plenty of culture here as well.
Mountain Biking: Many people come to Sun Valley for winter sports, but what they may not realize is that the area offers superb opportunities for mountain and road biking. There are several bike rental companies, trails are plentiful, and there are frequent organized competitions for young and old cyclists.
Sun Valley Summer Symphony: Everyone is welcome to enjoy the free concerts offered each summer by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. The programming is eclectic and includes puppet shows, productions for families, and guest musicians from all over the world. Classes and workshops are also offered for children and adults.
Sawtooth Botanical Garden: The American West offers the opportunity to appreciate an amazing assortment of wildflowers. Sawtooth doesn't disappoint. Visitors can explore wildflower paths, the "Garden of Infinite Compassion" (established to honor a visit from the Dalai Lama), and even a "Bug Zoo." Educational programming is available for both children and adults.
Art Galleries: As you might expect in an area that attracts celebrities and the well-heeled, Sun Valley has a fine selection of galleries. You're welcome to visit galleries at any time, and once a month there is usually an organized gallery walk that features free nibbles and wine.
Ernest Hemingway Memorial: Literature lovers may want to pay their respects by visiting the memorial at Ketchum Cemetery. Other opportunities to learn more about Hemingway and his time spent in Idaho can be found at the Community Library or the Sun Valley Museum of History.
Locals have enjoyed a unique feature of the Sun Valley phone book for a couple of decades now. "Holy Crime Fighters, Batman! You're in the yellow pages!"
Sun Valley Visitor's Guide
Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Bellevue, Carey, Corral, Elkhorn, Fairfield, Galena, Gannett, Gimlet, Hailey, Hill City, Ketchum, Lower Stanley, Magic City, Obsidian, Picabo, Sawtooth City, Soldier, Stanley, Sun Valley, Triumph