Arts & Culture, Biking, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Summer

5 Reasons Why Sun Valley Summers Shine

Most people think of ski resorts only as winter destinations, but let us let you in on a little secret. Are you ready for this?

Summer is actually the best time to visit a mountain town.

With the mountains in full bloom, a bevy of outdoor pursuits, and a seemingly endless array of festivals and special events, they make it their mission to ensure each weekend is more epic than the last. With plenty of room in the suitcase without the bulky boots and winter gear, get ready for playtime because there is no off-season in Sun Valley‘s mountainous backyard.

Here are just a few reasons you should soak up the sun in Sun Valley this summer: So Much Adventure, So Little Time

Whether it’s paragliding off Baldy or riding the gondola up to Roundhouse for a sky-high lunch, from soft adventure to ultra extreme, summer adventures in Sun Valley are what you make of it. With miles upon miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, be thankful the days are longer because even with the sun setting later, you’ll still have trouble fitting it all in.

Sunrise at Coyote Yurt. Photo by Ray J. Gadd

Sunrise bike ride. Photo by: Ray J. Gadd


The Mountains in Full Bloom

Beyond breathtaking landscapes of wildflowers across the peaks, Sawtooth Botanical Gardens is so special that the Dalai Lama blessed it. A community garden showcasing Idaho’s beauty through local flora and fauna like sagebrush steppe, riparian, montane, and alpine plants native to the region, this is one time it’s okay to stop and smell the roses.

Sun Valley, Idaho wildflowers.

Sun Valley, Idaho wildflowers. Photo by: Ray J. Gadd


Events Every Day of the Week

If you like keeping busy, Sun Valley has enough arts, music and culture to fill your calendar and then some. From big name headline concerts to rodeo days, every weekend is a celebration of mountain living and a toast to the good life out West. Be warned though, you may not want to leave.

John Bulter Trio at River Run Lodge. Photo by Ray J. Gadd

John Butler Trio. Photo by Ray J. Gadd


Sleep Under the Stars

There’s just something so therapeutic about the crisp, clean mountain air. Whether glamping in a yurt or getting one on one with Mother Nature over a fire pit and s’mores is more your speed, Sawtooth National Recreation Area is the place to make new family memories. Nestled in the Wood River Valley, four mountain ranges, 50 peaks, 300+ lakes, and endless rivers make-up one backdrop that will leave you breathless.

Find your Zen

While outdoor pursuits appeal to some, there’s something equally enticing about getting away from it all. Everyone needs a reset, and there’s no better place to do that than the nature of Sun Valley. Whether that means a soak in the hot springs or a day on the water just you and your fishing pole, take some time to unwind and find your happy place – it is summer, after all!

Sunset Fly Fishing on Silver Creek

Sunset Fly Fishing on Silver Creek. Photo by: Tal Roberts


Post by Lauren Monitz originally found via Travel Mindset.

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