10 Things to Do in Sun Valley That You Shouldn't Miss

August 7, 2017 Kandra Bartel

Whether you come for skiing or summer fun, beautiful Sun Valley offers recreational activities galore. Nestled in the spectacular Rocky Mountains of central Idaho, most of the action takes place around the Sun Valley Resort and its two mountains: Bald Mountain, ideal for expert skiers or snowboarders looking for steep, challenging runs, and Dollar Mountain, with gentle slopes that are perfect for beginners. Off the slopes, more winter fun awaits. Try dog sledding through miles of white powder or spend an afternoon ice fishing in the Big Wood River. Warm up at the Ketchum/Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum which features an exhibit on the history of skiing and information about Ernest Hemingway's time in Sun Valley. Summer in Sun Valley offers just as many adventures. The Sawtooth Wilderness Area boasts over 200,000 acres of natural splendor, with opportunities for swimming, fishing, mountain biking, white-water rafting and more.
Restaurants in Sun Valley

1. Sun Valley Resort

1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley, ID 83353 +1 208-622-6136
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 238 reviews

Sun Valley Resort

Whether it's an exciting day on the slopes of Bald Mountain, or a relaxing sleigh ride or round of golf, Idaho's famous year-round resort promises a variety of recreation for outdoor enthusiasts.

Reviewed By j g - Los Angeles, California

Dollar mountain day lodge cafeteria fails to meet the high standard of Sun Valley Resort. Not only was the food extremely slow to be prepared (15 minutes for an order of French Frys, my order was given to other patrons who came long after me... over and over) but the cooks were rude! Additionally the girl at the register was put-upon when we asked her if there was any Ketchup as the bins were empty.

This reviewer gives thumbs down!

2. Bald Mountain

Sun Valley, ID +1 888-490-5950
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

Bald Mountain

Reviewed By gack - thomaston, CT

we decided to try sun valley after going to snowbasin ,ut for many years,since they have the same owners. while the town is beautiful, and they both have great lodges. And while sun valley is steeper, I hate to encourage more people to go to snowbasin. Being a boarder I found that after coming out of the trees we would end up on a lot of flat trails, maybe we just didn't know are way around. I do know that lift tickets and lodging are quite a bit cheaper down at snowbasin. So save yourself some money, and skip this overpriced mtn.

3. Dollar Mountain

Sun Valley, ID +1 888-490-5950
Excellent
68%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Dollar Mountain

Reviewed By DogDoggie - WorldWide

Dollar Mountain is a great place for a first time skier or kids. It's big enough so its impressive but small enough not to intimidate anyone. Its a fun little mountain...but once you become experienced you'll want to hit big brother, Bald Mountain.

4. Sawtooth Botanical Garden

11 Gimlet Road, Ketchum, ID 83340 +1 208-726-9358
Excellent
46%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 34 reviews

Sawtooth Botanical Garden

Reviewed By LanSluderBelize - Asheville, North Carolina

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden isn't very well known, but it should be. It's a relaxing stop near Hailey and Ketchum. You can stroll the gardens and see many flowers and trees native to the high elevation areas of Idaho and the West.

A real gem here is the prayer wheel, donated in 2005 by the Dali Lama of Tibet and one of only two in North America blessed by His Holiness. Admission is by donation (suggest donation $5 a person/$10 a family).

5. Get Your Shoot On!

Sun Valley, ID 83333 +1 208-720-3174
Excellent
97%
Good
3%
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5 based on 32 reviews

Get Your Shoot On!

Get Your Shoot On Idaho! was created for the Sun Valley Visitor who is looking for something different and REALLY FUN to do. We are an independent company operating out of a local Sun Valley Shooting / Gun range. Get Your Shoot On offers a variety of shooting range experiences from "Fun Shoots" to private firearm lessons. A fantastic selection of firearms await you. We have "family friendly" firearms. This is the best Sun Valley Shooting experience in the valley. Contact us and we will tailor an event specific to your needs. safety is our #1 priority. Everything is included, firearms, ammo and instruction. Get Your Shoot On is open 365 days a year by appointment. We now accept VISA & MasterCard.

Reviewed By screen42 - Athens, Georgia

I stumbled on Jeff's website while looking for activities in Sun Valley when the rivers were out. It turned out to be a lucky find. Jeff was a great instructor with a focus on safety and proper technique. My daughter who hadn't shot before was...MoreThank you for the very positive review! You two were GREAT students and I hope you continue to shoot in the future. If you return to our lovely valley, please call. You are ready for the 201 class!

6. White Otter Outdoor Adventures

Sunbeam Idaho, Sun Valley, ID +1 877-788-5005
Excellent
100%
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0%
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5 based on 21 reviews

White Otter Outdoor Adventures

Reviewed By Paul M - Corvallis, Oregon, Usa

White Otter did a great job with a large group in Sun Valley for a medical conference. Entire crew was accommodating, knowledgeable, professional, and fun. The gear was great and the lunch excellent. The owner, Doug's love of the river and rafting spills over into all of his guides. Sunny was the best!

7. Ketchum Cemetery

1026 N Main St,, Ketchum, ID 83340 +1 208-726-3841
Excellent
59%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Ketchum Cemetery

Reviewed By kevinas312 - Helena, Arkansas

This was the last stop on my trail that included the room where Hemingway born, fished in Michigan and stayed on his honeymoon, Pamplona, Paris, Italy, Africa, Key West, Bimini, Cuba, Arkansas, Wyoming, Montana and finally, last but certainly not least, Idaho -- his final resting place. I left something from every place as well as a fifth of Pilar Rum -- the family rum -- and some Arkansas moonshine. RIP Papa.

8. Bald Mountain Trail

Bald Mountain, Sun Valley, ID
Excellent
84%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 18 reviews

Low elevation hiking trail that culminates in a scenic overlook on Bald Mountain.

Reviewed By Kim B - Newport Beach, California

Last year we hiked to the top of Bald Mountain, and this year we decided to hike down. From the top, it is about a 2 ½ hour hike down the 5 mile trail. It was hard on our knees and ankles, but we were more focused on the beauty of the hike rather than our hurting bodies! I would suggest going early in the morning to beat the heat of the sun. My husband and I only brought one water bottle each, but we easily could have consumed more. One thing is for sure, it is a lot easier going down than up!

9. Sun Valley Visitor Center

491 Sun Valley Rod, Ketchum, ID 83340 +1 208-726-3423
Excellent
40%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Sun Valley Visitor Center

Reviewed By jfadds - chicago

Sharing a space with the town Starbucks- you basically have a wall of tourist info and an old bank vault lined with pictures of Hemingway - that's all Go,for the Starbucks

10. Ketchum/Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum

180 1st Street East, in Forest Service Park, Ketchum, ID 83340 +1 208-726-8118
Excellent
47%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Ketchum/Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum

This small museum chronicles the area's history on and off the slopes.

Reviewed By 387indy - Coral Springs, Florida

The curator is very knowledgeable and interesting and tells you a lot about the history of the area. But it wasn't Idaho potato's I was here to learn about a long history of sheep herding. Twenty years ago the Trailing of the Sheep Festival was born in southern Idaho's Wood River Valley. The festival name pays homage to the annual movement of the sheep from their summer mountain home to the winter grazing areas. This year its Oct 5-9 They have cooking classes, specials in restaurants, workshops, knitting, dyeing, weaving, spinning, shearing and even some dancing.

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