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Summer Vacation Ideas

Sun Valley is home to one of the world’s first destination resorts and although many people associate it only with winter sports, there are plenty of different activities here all year round the entire family can enjoy. You’ll find a wide variety of activities and chances are, at the end of your stay, you’ll want to come back as soon as possible.


No resort town would be complete without a golf course and you’ll find some of the world’s best courses right here. Mountain courses are truly challenging and fun and there is no better way to experience a round of golf set in the beauty of Mother Nature. These courses are truly spectacular and offer just the right level of challenge for novices and pros alike. Look for even more courses in the nearby town of Ketchum.

Cultural Activities

This area is very rich in history and you can learn quite a lot by visiting one of the many museums and historical sites right here. The first residents called the Valley home thousands of years ago and you’ll have a rare glimpse of ancient civilizations. There are also over 20 local art galleries where you can take in the best of the local artists and even get a masterpiece of your own.

Dining and Lodging

The area is home to world-class restaurants and resorts where you will be treated like royalty. Enjoy local cuisine or sample some of the best ethnic cuisines. The accommodations in Sun Valley are unparalleled and you’ll have a rare chance to experience luxury at its finest. These resorts also offer day spas where you can relax after a day of adventuring or just unwind.

Outdoor Sports

Sun Valley offers many different activities outside that the whole family will love. From hiking the trails up the mountain, to special lifts that will offer a bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside, there is a lot to take in. You can go mountain biking or forge your own trail on horseback. For a thrilling ride, try an ATV or Jeep tour and see the mountains without exertion.

Try fishing the lakes and rivers for most species of trout. The Salmon River awaits fishermen both young and old adn you'll find excellend guides if you should desire a lesson or someone to show you where the good spots are! We highly recommend finding a tour guide on any outdoor adventure.

While you are there, we highly recommend enjoying countless hiking trails filled with wildflowers, waterfalls, and other scenic pleasures. Take a nature hike with a guide who knows the area, is well informed on safety procedures, and can give you extra tips for your next adventures. Sun Valley has over 30 miles of paved bike paths. The more adventurous should consider a mountain bike ride or trek on over thirty miles of trails. Professional mountain biking tours will get you to the best trails and you'll be in a group of other riders who love extreme sports.

Take a solo or in tandem Paragliding adventure, this unique way to see this scenic valley will give an experience of a lifttime. In addition, the area has other flight options, lik hot air balloon rides or helicopter rides from the airport. Really, it's a huge and open catalog of choices for spring, summer and even fall visitors to this mountain paradise! Rivers offer a whole new terrain, from whitewater rafting the exciting Upper Salmon River to kayaking, which may require previous kayaking experience and training.

Mountaineering and rock climbing is very popular in and on any of the five mountain ranges of the area. World-class climbing in the Sawtooth Mountains is one of the finer places to gain new skills. Licensed guides make certain your time in that pursuit is both safe and exciting, and rental gear is available.