Flanking the Big Wood River and shadowed by Bald Mountain, Ketchum and the adjacent Sun Valley Resort are small enough to explore by foot or bike but are crammed with a summer’s worth of activities. Holding a wedding or family reunion here allows planning something for everyone to enjoy.


Photo by Kirk Marshall 

Called “the communities living room”, Ketchum’s Town Square is ground zero for residents and visitors alike. Free concerts, movies and yoga classes, a handy ice cream vendor, and adjacent visitor’s center make this spot a must do in Ketchum. You might bump into friends or make some new ones.

Find some second-hand treasure at the Gold Mine Thrift Store, a repository of ski gear, and other assorted clothing and house-wares. Or check out brand spanking new gear at the Elephant’s Perch and get outfitted for any outdoor adventure. Window-shopping throughout downtown is a great way to unwind after a morning of exertion.


Photo by Pippa Keene

Sun Valley's Ice Skating Rink, a year-round facility where Olympian’s train, is a cool way to pass some time. Strap on some skates and try not to literally bump into the stars. The summer ice shows are enthralling and can be watched from the dining patio at Sun Valley Lodge or a rink-side stadium.

Use Ketchum as a base for exploring the untamed places nearby. Half an hour drive brings you to the top of Galena Summit. A sweeping view of the Sawtooth Mountains and the eponymous scenic byway greet you. Amazing single tracks like Fourth of July and Ant’s Basin beg for a spin and inviting lakes like Redfish, Yellow Belly and Alturas inveigle you to take a dip and a paddle.


Photo by Pippa Keene

The clear air, mountain town charm, and plethora of activities and adventures make Ketchum and Sun Valley a great summer getaway. Five hours north of Salt Lake City.