Sun Valley Summer Recreation
The Sun Valley area boasts nearly one million acres of surrounding forests wilderness and National Recreation Areas. Many summer activities are available, from flyfishing in famous Silver Creek, hiking through teeming fields of wildflowers on Bald Mountain, or riding the rapids of the Salmon River. Thirty paved miles of bike trails and award-winning golf courses awaits you.
Rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking trips can end at the top of a ten thousand foot peak or at a pristine alpine lake. Spectacular views are everywhere and spotting wildlife is an additional treat. Guided trips are available for any length trip and for any ability. For those choosing to go solo, maps and guide information are available at our front desk, at the Sun Valley/ Ketchum Visitors Center, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Visitor Center and the Ketchum Ranger District.
The mighty Snake, Salmon and Clearwater rivers produced some of the greatest Chinook salmon and steelhead. And in Sun Valley, you can experience the wild rivers as they did over a hundred years ago at famed spots such as Silver Creek, The Big Wood, The Big Lost, Copper Basin and The Little Wood.
Sun Valley really is the divine destination for fly-fishing. Whether you are looking for remote high mountain streams or lowland desert reservoirs, you will find trophy cutthroat trout and bass for the masters. From jewel-like alpine lakes to the streams flowing through this country's deepest canyons, trout in all their forms lure anglers to Idaho waters.
Biking in Sun Valley, whether on the flat or up the trail is an experience. Sun Valley, Idaho is home to the best single track in the country. From short spins to epic adventures, you can find it here. The trails offer sustained climbs and fast descents. The incredible views of the Pioneer and Smoky Mountain ranges will take your breath away.
With so much terrain to explore you might want to opt for an animal-guided tour.
Area outfitters are ready to take you wherever you would like to go on a multi or single day trip. Excursions into nature are not limited to horses. A popular activity might include a day hike with llamas. Hikers are accompanied with trained guides through many of the scenic wilderness areas and the llamas carry everything. Both options are great family fun.
Float, boat, or swim— raft, kayak or tube Idaho’s wild rivers and their rapids. Along the Salmon and Payette Rivers - hot springs, Indian pictographs, thousand-foot cliffs, and trout fishing are a few of the treats found in a day’s journey. The gentle but exhilarating rapids on the day-stretches of the Salmon River are perfect for families and seniors looking for a little excitement. Local outfitters offer single or multi-day river trips for rafters or kayakers. Head south of Ketchum for a day of flat-water kayaking and of wildlife viewing. Just 45 minutes north of Sun Valley three high alpine lakes invite canoers and swimmers to jump in. The middle fork of the Salmon River offers some of the most challenging white water in the world.
Sun Valley is home to three 18 hole courses that range from target design and tree-lined fairways varying in width to a maze of water hazards and sand bunkers. One may choose between the Bigwood Golf Course at Thunder Spring or Sun Valley Golf Course. Two private courses, Elkhorn & Valley Club offer options to member's guests only.