Free Things To Do in Sun Valley
- #3View all Photos#3 in Sun ValleyHiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPENDHiking, Natural Wonders, Recreation, FreeTYPE2 hours to Half DayTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
Though the Sawtooth National Recreation Area is the most well-known wilderness area near Ketchum, there are multiple trails of varying difficulty in the immediate vicinity of town. If you're looking for a great workout, try the 5.3-mile Bald Mountain Trail, which winds up Bald Mountain with multiple switchbacks and rewards you handsomely at the top with panoramic views of the town and surrounding countryside. This trail is accessible in the summer from the bottom of the mountain, and bikers can take lifts up via the Sun Valley ski resort to enjoy downhill rides on car-free paths.
- #4View all Photos#4 in Sun ValleyMuseums, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDMuseums, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
A remodeling of the former Ski and Heritage Museum, the Sun Valley Museum of History highlights the unique legacy and culture of the Ketchum and Sun Valley area. The museum's exhibitions inform visitors about the history of Ketchum, from its original founding as a mining and ranching hub to its development as a world-class skiing and tourism destination. Recent reviewers especially appreciated the displays of antique ski apparel and equipment, and they complimented the knowledgeable museum curator. Plus, there is a special exhibit specifically about the life and death of famed writer and Ketchum resident Ernest Hemingway.
- #5View all Photos#5 in Sun ValleyParks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDParks and Gardens, FreeTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND...Read More »
A showcase of natural beauty and high-altitude plants, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a must-stop for any plant lover or gardener. The 5-acre garden showcases both native and cultivated plants that represent the five biomes of south-central Idaho. What's more, there are art installations and educational exhibits interspersed among the plants. The crown jewel of the garden, though, is the interactive Tibetan prayer wheel in the center of the Garden of Infinite Passion. Featuring a handmade, free-spinning wheel imported from India, the exhibit contains about one million hand-printed prayers on individual pieces of paper. Visitors can spin the wheel themselves and learn about Tibetan traditions of meditation and religion.
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