Head North! Jump in Redfish Lake, lounge on the beach, take a day trip down class 2-3 main Salmon river. Finish the day off with a wander around the funky streets of the western outpost of Stanley. It’s the gem to the North that becomes a regular part of most peoples’ vacations. With hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails and some of the most pristine and accessible high mountain lakes in Idaho this is a must for everyone’s itinerary!
Put some steel to an Idaho trout. Fly fish for trophy native rainbow trout right in town or choke on clouds of brown drakes on Silver Creek as massive browns feed with complete disregard to your presence. Just release what you catch and let the good karma roll. Extra points earned for ear to ear grin photos holding a real hog.
Frequently referred to as a genetic experiment gone right, this is the endorphin capital of the world and home to one of the lowest resting heart rates anywhere. Exercise your demons at the Sun Valley Half Marathon, Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival, or the Standhope Ultra Challenge. Nothing is better than an afternoon aprés session well earned.
We’re talking more than probiotics. Find your cultural boost over a glass of wine and picnic at the Summer Symphony, on a wander through time during Wagon Days, by trailing some sheep, or admiring the triple axel sow cow savvy of the world’s best figure skaters at the Summer Ice Shows at Sun Valley Resort. This is arts and culture country friends; make sure you get yourself a little while you are here!
Sun Valley isn’t called the two wheeled nirvana by mistake. With over 400 miles of singletrack trails in the immediate area, you can literally disappear in a flurry of knobby tired obsession without repeating a single ride for weeks on end. Start with a mellow cruise around the White Clouds Trail and then head for the hills. Hire a shuttle and take an entire day to weave your way back to town via Fox Peak. More great ride beta is here!
Put vertical under your boots and lightness in your head, with a hike into the alpine or guide your family along Trail Creek for wildlife and wildflower peeping. With a myriad of trails starting right from town, the trip from trailhead to high point to watering hole is just too easy to overlook. Start out with a hike up Proctor Mountan, where one of the world’s first chairlifts still stands and a remarkable view of town and the valley offers the perfect #Instamoment. More tips here!