Sun Valley has a lot to offer in the summers. from scenic hiking trails to amazing concerts,
Plentiful recreational opportunities pack the long days and warm evenings providing
opportunities for quality time on the grass and listening to Sun Valley’s world-class (and free)
symphony with a glass of wine in your hand.
We would like to recommend to you our favorite activities and events in Sun Valley to make
your summer fun and memorable!
Hiking & Biking Trails
Vast mountain ranges in and around Sun Valley offer something for everyone - cool, leisurely
walks with stunning views, long, rewarding hikes, and endless mountain bike trails. Here are a
few iconic trails to hike and bike: Baldy Mountain trail (close to town), Adams Gulch, Fox Creek,
and Chocolate Gulch (there are many, many others and any of the bike shops are happy to
provide you with ideas).
Just an hour’s drive from Ketchum, Redfish Lake is a true paradise with abundant recreational
opportunities. The sawtooth mountains surround the lake making it a gorgeous experience with
breathtaking views. Do yourself a favor and pack your bags and go camping on the many
campgrounds, which can be reserved at recreation.gov. The snowcapped mountains will
welcome you with a cool breeze and spectacular views. You’ll especially enjoy the charmingly
rustic lodge & restaurant, beach, and dock which is loaded with paddleboards, paddleboats,
and pontoon boats for rent! Locals favorite – chicken finger basket from the snack bar!
Sun Valley is blessed with endless outdoor activities, apart from the beautiful mountains we
also have the darkest skies in the world! Sun Valley is a part of the central Idaho dark sky reserve. What does it mean? The bright stars beautifully decorate the dark skies for you to be
happy by admiring the beauty of it. Take a short hike to the top of Knob Hill to take in the best
in-town views of Ketchum, located at the north end of East Avenue just a few blocks from the
downtown core. If you want to enjoy or photograph the darkest skies with crystal clear alpine
lakes, head north from Sun Valley over Galena Summit to Redfish Lake and the surrounding
areas. This is where the Sawtooths meet the skies! With a fantastic backdrop and reflection
from the lake.
If you are not an outdoor enthusiast, you still have a lot to do in Sun Valley to keep yourself
entertained. Warm summer evenings in Sun Valley are delightful. Sun Valley Pavilion hosts
concerts frequently; The musical experience will lift your spirits and make your toes tap. You
can also sit on the grass and enjoy the music with your beloved by having a picnic. Listening to
the free summer symphony (starts in early August) and enjoying a warm summer evening is an