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Day 5: Hailey Layover Day


The valley gained renown as Idaho Territory's most progressive, due to the prosperity of the gold, silver and lead mines in the late 19th century. Not as prominent, but equally important to the valley was the sheep industry. Millions of sheep were raised and trailed through here. Jump to 1936, when the Chairman of the board of the Union Pacific Railroad established the U.S.'s first ski resort. You can visit the world's first chair lift along a hike on Proctor Mountain, or visit the Ski and Heritage Museum for the bigger picture. The Sun Valley Resort was so highly publicized that Hollywood celebrities flocked in. It's still known as a haven for the stars, but more people come for the recreation than the 'star' gazing.

Getting around in the Wood River Valley

The Wood River Trail system (WRT) is a paved multi-use pathway with 20+ miles of trails connecting Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley. The trail follows the Big Wood River, meanders through natural and cultivated fields, and adjacent to breathtaking vacation homes. The WRT has a self-guided Historical Tour with interpretive markers that tell of the area's vivid past.

Mountain Rides is the public bus system that runs in the valley and within each community. One-way fares are only $3 and you can take your bike on the bus.

If you are looking for a cycling challenge, a popular ride for the locals is a 30 miles climb to the top of Galena Summit. If you choose to take this 3,500 ft. climb be sure and stop at the Galena Lodge on the way down for a sweet treat, cold beverage of other delectable.

Things to do in the Wood River Valley

Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley

Recreation - Hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing and world-class fly fishing, year-round ice skating, golfing and much, much more awaits you.

Other destinations - museums, a wide variety of shops (apparel, antiques, personal care, home décor - you name it, they've got it), restaurants and cafés of every scale and cuisine, theatrical and musical performing houses.

City of Hailey

Hailey Chamber of Commerce

City of Ketchum

Visit Sun Valley and Ketchum

Sun Valley Resort
1 Sun Valley Road, Sun Valley ID 83353
  • Hike, Bike, Dine, Horseback Ride, play Tennis, Paddle Boat, Target and Skeet Shoot
  • Ride the Gondola or lift up, or hike up and take the lift down at Bald Mountain, Dollar or Proctor Mountains
  • Visit Averell's at the Roundhouse on top of Baldy for cocktails or dinner
  • Take a tandem paraglide flight off of Baldy
  • Saddle up and head out on horseback
  • Go "star" gazing at the celebrity photos in the Sun Valley Lodge
  • Receive a free lift ticket with mountain bike rental from Pete Lane's Mountain Sports
  • Take a free, 1-hour, guided hike beginning at 9:00 on Thursdays
    Call Pete Lane's Mtn. Sports - (208) 622-2279, outdooradventures@sunvalley.com
Ski and Heritage Museum
First and Washington, Ketchum, ID 83340

Frenchman's Gulch Winery
360 9th St East, Suite 9 & 10, Ketchum, ID 83340
(208) 726-0118, or frenchmansgulch@gmail.com

Sawtooth Botanical Garden
11 Gimlet Road, Hailey 83333
a short distance off of Hwy 75 on your way to Ketchum/Sun Valley

Fly Fish in world-class Silver Creek - There are many guide services, this is just one.
Idaho Angling Services, 208/788-9709


See listing on Day 4

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