Sun Valley Travel Guide

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Getting Around Sun Valley

The best way to get around Ketchum is on foot or by bus. Though bringing your own car can be helpful if you want to visit Boise or other hiking trails and attractions outside town, the area is small enough and the bus is reliable enough that it may be unnecessary.

The closest airport, Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN), is 13 miles south of Sun Valley. Three airlines – Delta, Alaska and United – operate out of this airport, and they offer flights to and from a handful of West Coast cities, such as Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver and Salt Lake City. Once you arrive, you can take a Mountain Rides bus to the center of Ketchum (Monday through Friday only). But if you prefer to use your own car, there are ample taxis and shuttles that will take you to your accommodation quickly for about $48 for two people. If you decide to fly into Boise, the Sun Valley Express shuttle service will drive you from the Boise airport to the center of Ketchum for less than $100 per person.

On Foot & By Bike

The Wood River Trail system winds through 20 miles of Ketchum, Sun Valley and the surrounding communities. It is a multiuse trail that also allows bikes and is a great option for exploring the town. Plus, a new bike-share program in Ketchum allows tourists to rent bicycles quickly and cheaply. Bikes are available to rent 24 hours a day and are accessible at docks, while payment is processed through the corresponding smartphone app. 

If you decide to rent a mountain bike in the summer, there are a number of reliable rental and repair shops in town. Well-reviewed companies include Sturtevants, Formula Sports and The Elephant's Perch. Hybrid and sport rentals will start at approximately $30 per day. Once you're all suited up with equipment, just find a trail map and get outside. Ski lifts at the Sun Valley resort, as well as most of Ketchum's shops, restaurants and attractions, are within walking distance of one another.

Bus

The Mountain Rides Transportation Authority town buses are free to ride and run 365 days a year. They service every major attraction and stop in town, particularly during peak season, and they also run to and from Friedman Memorial Airport (airport connections cost a nominal fee). Plus, they are equipped with racks that can carry whatever gear you're using for your next adventure. The year-round Blue Route services local communities and runs through the center of town, while the Valley Route runs to and from the airport. In the winter, you can take the Red, Silver or Bronze routes directly from town to Bald Mountain.  

Car

If you want to explore attractions in Ketchum's surrounding towns and forests, such as the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, then you'll want to rent a car. Many major rental companies have offices at the nearby airport.

Taxis

Taxis are available to take you around town if necessary, and they are particularly useful when traveling to and from the airport. Uber is also an option in Ketchum. Wood River Taxi, A-1 Taxi and Transportation and Aardvark Taxi & Shuttle are a few traveler-approved taxi companies within Ketchum.

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