The unofficial end-of-summer is just around the corner but there is still so much happening in vibrant Sun Valley. Enjoy a long weekend in Central Idaho with these unique family-friendly activities.
Fall in Love with Sun Valley
Wagon Days | September
Celebrate the old West with Ketchum’s most significant cultural and historic event! Head to Main Street and watch the largest nonmotorized procession in the West during Sun Valley's Wagon Days. This multi-day celebration of Idaho's rich history recollects the days before railroads and automobiles with antique fairs, cowboy poets, meandering musicians, and the Big Hitch Parade.
Rebecca’s Private Idaho Bike Race | September
Rebecca’s Private Idaho is a gravel bike race throughout the best routes in Sun Valley designed to showcase the area’s incredible scenery. Ride with mountain bike endurance champion Rebecca Rusch and support the Be Good Foundation while you ride. From the smashing climbs for experienced riders in the four-day Queen's Stage Race to the introduction to gravel riding in the Tater Tot 20 miler, RPI Sun Valley has something for every level.
Trailing of the Sheep Festival – October
Recognized as one of the “Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World,” the Trailing of the Sheep Festival is a unique annual Sun Valley event celebrating sheepherding, history, culture, and food. The five-day Festival includes nonstop activities in multiple venues - history, folk arts, a Sheep Folklife Fair, lamb culinary offerings, a Wool Festival with classes and workshops, music, dance, storytelling, championship Sheepdog Trials, and the Big Sheep Parade with 1,500 sheep, hoofing it down Main Street in Ketchum.
Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival – October
The annual Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival celebrates a history of jazz music with live performances. The festival was birthed out of a love and appreciation for jazz music by Tom & Barbara Hazzard and is held mid-October each year at the Sun Valley Inn in Sun Valley, Idaho. The names that ring through eternity—Armstrong, Ellington, Fitzgerald, Beiderbecke, Goodman, Holliday, Basie, Shaw, Miller, and so many more—have created a legacy of delight that lives on through those of us who participate in this jazz festival.
Endless Opportunities to Play in the Mountains
Having Natural Retreats by your side means you can spend less time organizing your vacation and more time enjoying it. We know that every member of your crew has their own idea of fun, so let us provide some of our favorite things to do in the mountains.
Hook some trout at Warm Springs Creek, Silver Creek, The Big Lost River, The Big Wood River, or Copper Basin, home to loads of rainbows, browns, brooks, and cutthroats. For salmon and steelhead, the headwaters of the Salmon River are just an hour’s drive to the north.
The Sun Valley vibe is all about enjoying nature and the community – and peddling around town or through stunning scenery is one of the best ways to do just that. Race on two wheels down Bald Mountain, which is lift-accessible, or explore the town of Ketchum on a leisurely ride along its bike-friendly roads. Pack a picnic for an alfresco mountain lunch.
Pretend you are in one of Grandpa’s old Westerns while riding on horseback with beautiful Sun Valley as the backdrop. See why Sun Valley is permeated by a rich history of horsemanship, and ride into the beautiful Challis National Forest or the trails of Dollar Mountain. There are a variety of experiences from which to choose, like guided one-hour rides or dinner rides to backcountry camps.