The small mountain town of Ketchum and the adjacent resort of Sun Valley are nestled high in the white-capped mountains of southern Idaho. Oftentimes, “Sun Valley” is the term given to the general area as well as Sun Valley Resort—a historic ski destination with a longstanding following of celebrities and Hollywood elite. Today a world-famous destination, this four-season playground is a paradise for outdoor sports enthusiasts, and nature and culture lovers.
Ketchum vs. Sun Valley
Sun Valley Resort, the venue for the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, boasts two ski mountains, three golf courses, a year-round outdoor ice rink, mountaintop dining, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a quant village filled with restaurants, upscale shops, lodging, a movie theater, state-of-the-art spa, bowling alley, and much more. Just under two miles away, and easily accessible by bike or bus, is the town of Ketchum. Overflowing with local flavor, this small ski town hasn’t lost its Western roots—explore a vibrant nightlife, gourmet dining, and an impressive art scene with free evening gallery walks every month.
Just beyond the borders of Ketchum and Sun Valley lie almost a million acres of pristine wilderness, with plenty of options for outdoor adventures. World-class mountain biking, angling, whitewater rafting, camping, and hiking are all within a short and scenic drive. We have compiled information below about the plethora of activities that are available. For more information or assistance, see “More Tourism Resources” below.