I have the wonderful opportunity to stay and play in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area of Idaho. Unfortunately S and Daisy Trail Dog did not get to come with me this time, but I am planning our next excursion here with the whole family as we speak! Yes, it is soooo awesome I am coming back, for sure!
Ketchum is a fun little mountain town at the base of a few ski areas. I hear that the skiing is epic, but that is not what I am here for. It happens to be the “Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival”and I thought it would be a great chance to see what Sun Valley has to offer. Singletrack, singletrack, singletrack! Need I say more?
Ketchum is awesome! Not only is the mountain biking phenomenal, but it is pedestrian friendly, bike friendly, dog friendly, and to top it all off, the people are super friendly! For example, at every major intersection/crosswalk they have a stand that holds orange flags that are available for you to hold as you safely cross the street, as all cars are super courteous, stopping, waiting for you to cross, every time! Cars are also very patient and courteous with bike riders on the road, but you often do not need to be on the road as the have bike paths to navigate around town, even all of the way to Hailey!
Since we are camping a few miles out of town in a lovely little spot by the river, I have to keep this post short, as we have no electricity or power out there (it is camping you know!). I am seated in the lovely town square utilizing the “Visit Sun Valley” public wi-fi. How nice is that? Ohhhh! I should also mention that the Sun Valley Visitor’s Center located right here is chock full of information and a helpful staff. It is also very handy to get your electronic fix, and phones and gadgets charged (multiple outlets all over). Since the visitor’s center is such a great resource – did I mention the FREE trail maps?!?!?!?!? – I do not need to spend time blogging the directions for where to ride or where to stay.
Once you get out on the trails you will see why I say you will be bouncing into butterflies in Sun Valley. They are everywhere! Blue ones, orange ones, grey ones too! They flutter about, chasing each other, with not a care in the world, bouncing off you as you traverse down the trail. Beautiful!