Sun Valley is a resort city in Blaine County in the central part of the U.S. state of Idaho, adjacent to the city of Ketchum, lying within the greater Wood River valley. This is a popular destination and tourists from around the world enjoy its skiing, hiking, ice skating, trail riding, tennis, and cycling. There are many holiday lodging and accommodations ranging from charming chalet rentals to comfortable condo rentals and even luxurious vacation rentals for the whole family.

A small mountain saddle splits the city of Sun Valley into two sections. The northern section is centered around the famous Sun Valley Lodge, Inn, and the "village" complex of shops, condo rentals, chalet rentals, and original 18-hole golf course (27 holes by 2008), which winds its way up the Trail Creek valley to the northeast. This area is referred to as simply "Sun Valley." The southern area, called Elkhorn, has its own shopping, accommodations, vacation rentals complex and private18-hole golf course, and is in many ways quite distinct and. This area, near Dollar Mountain, was initially developed during the late 1960s and 1970s.

Among skiers, the term "Sun Valley" refers to the alpine ski area, which consists of Bald Mountain, the main ski mountain, and Dollar Mountain, which is geared toward novice and lower intermediate skiers. Bald Mountain, or "Baldy," has a summit of 9150 feet (2789 m) and a vertical drop of 3400 feet (1036 m). With its abundance of constant-pitch terrain, at varying degrees of difficulty, coupled with its substantial vertical drop and absence of wind, Baldy has often been referred to as the best single ski mountain in the world. The treeless "Dollar" at 6638 feet (2023 m) has a moderate vertical drop of 628 feet (191 m).

Sun Valley has a lively arts community offering a variety of opportunities through over thirty presenting organizations. Local, regional and nationally known artists are represented through gallery exhibitions, concerts, theater productions, dance productions, film festivals, lectures, opera and symphonic performances. The locally owned accommodation, condo rental, vacation rental and chalet rental options in Sun Valley reflects this artistic talents of the community.

Whether you want to find a unique gift, indulge in handmade chocolates or outfit your family for vacation, Sun Valley promises unparalleled shopping. With over 15 unique shops for every need, visitors are well cared for. There is a technical sportswear and footwear store with the latest in specialty designer ski-wear and outdoor gear including bikes, skis and fishing. Make sure not to miss out on the specialty hand-dipped chocolates. Other stores available sell fine gifts, jewelry, souvenirs, home décor, candy, books, unique toys, cell phone accessories & service.

From the Trailing of the Sheep Festival in October to the culinary indulgence of the Sun Valley Harvest Festival in September, it is no surprise that many of the events that characterize Sun Valley are simply unique. Wagon Days, Spiritual Film Festival, The Sun Valley Harvest Festival October: Ernest Hemingway Symposium, Sawtooth Cycle Challenge Bike Ride & Biketoberfest, The Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Sun Valley Jazz Festival, Crosstoberfest, Nightmare on Main Street and Hailey Halloween Hoopla is just a taste of what festivals and events to expect in Sun Valley.

Make sure to book your vacation rental or Sun Valley accommodation well in advance as not to miss out on this great resort.

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  • Best Location / Lowest Rates / 1300 Square Foot Unit / 3 Bedroom 2 Baths

    Best Location / Lowest

    Sun Valley: Townhouse in a complex
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #206539
    $160 to $185 USD/night Credit Card Paypal
    1300 Square Foot Unit / Three Bedrooms (King and Queen Beds) and Two Bathrooms / Onsite Swimming Pool / Spectacular Views of Sun Valley’s Bald Mountain / Centrally Located and within Walking distance of Sun Valley and Ketchum Shopping, Restaurants, Bus Stops and Ski Mountains / Unprecedented Access to Sun Valley’s Limitless Surroundings.
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  • Drop Dead Gorgeous View, Spanish Villa, Fishing Mecca, 10 Free Watercraft, Wifi

    Drop Dead Gorgeous View

    Hayden Lake: House
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 9
    • #230916
    $190 to $190 USD/night Credit Card Paypal Pet Friendly
    Beautiful Hayden Lake in northern Idaho is located 8 miles north of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho and 40 miles east of Spokane. WA. Couples with or without guests or families big or small are all lining up their summer plans to enjoy an unforgettable week or more in their very own Spanish-style home. It is located on one of the choice view properties on Mokins Bay at Hayden Lake. It's a perfect setting for a cocktail, dinner or recreational party or just a family time of fun. There are many choices of places to sit, enjoy the mountain and waterfront view, visit, play games, soak up some sun, take nature walks in the private 14 acre forest, take a nap or swim. Enjoy boating on the lake with the Sea cycle, 8 ft Pontoon boat, 3 stand up paddle boards, 3 kayaks, paddle boat or the 17 foot 3 person canoe. Great fishing June-Sept with consistent catches of 14-16 inch Kokanee (Landlocked Sockeye Salmon), trout, bass, northern pike and crappie. Whatever your idea of a good time is, you'll find it here. The open concept of the living/dining/kitchen areas makes for easy communication and good times whether it's your turn to cook or you get to keep the cook company. Bar-B-Q is available and an easy way of living at the lake. Prefer a little less action and a little more serenity for fishing, cruising or just relaxing, consider June or September. Some of the best weather conditions and peaceful times can be experienced during the Spring or early Fall. An added benefit to the beautiful Spring or Fall is our rates are considerably lower than high season so you can enjoy a quality, economical stay. Reserve early, as many do enjoy this time period at Hayden Lake.
  • Historic Idaho School House

    Historic Idaho School

    Lava Hot Springs: House
    • 5 BDR
    • 4 BA
    • Sleeps 14
    • #20779
    $350 to $400 USD/night Paypal
    Located near Lava Hot Springs, this vacation home features five bedrooms, a large kitchen, and the original school gym complete with basketball court. Come enjoy Lava Hot Springs, a year-round resort community, located in a picturesque mountain setting centered between Salt Lake City, Utah and Yellowstone National Park. Come swim in the Olympic-size pool, jump off the platforms, and zoom down the water slides. Or relax in the World Famous Hot Springs. The house has been converted from an old school house. There is a full-sized gym in the house with a basketball court. Part of the gym is now a bedroom and half bathroom. The house is surrounded by mountains, so bring your ATVs in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter. It is also a great hunting and fishing area.
  • Mountain-View Condo with Bikes near Downtown and Beach

    Mountain-View Condo with

    Sandpoint: Condo
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #242628
    $157 to $189 USD/night Paypal
    Enjoy your vacation at our bright new Sandpoint Vacation condo. We love visiting Sandpoint ourselves, and we love to share our condo with guests. This two bedroom, two bathroom condo can comfortably sleep 6. The master bedroom has a very comfortable memory foam king bed, as well as a twin daybed with a twin trundle bed (both with memory foam toppers), so a family of 4 can sleep in the Master bedroom. The master bedroom also has a TV, a DVD player and an adjoining bathroom. The second bedroom has two bedding options – it can be set up with two twin beds, or the beds can be converted into one king-sized bed for a couple. These beds also have memory foam toppers, so they are very comfortable for adults or children. There is also a queen-sized airbed available. Both bedrooms have IPOD docking clock radios. The livingroom, kitchen and dining area are open-concept, and very bright, with vaulted ceilings and huge windows overlooking the Cabinet Mountain range. Relax in our cozy leather couches in front of the fireplace and watch a movie on the HDTV with Cable TV, DVD player, and HDMI input. The mini stereo in the livingroom has an IPOD charging dock, and also has a line-in option for other mp3 players so you can listen to your own music. We have a casual dining area, with a dining table for 4, and counter stools for 4 more. The kitchen is fully-stocked, with pots, pans, blender, coffee maker, popcorn maker, and enough spices and ingredients to get you started. The patio is a lovely place for your morning coffee, or in the evening you can enjoy a barbeque supper and watch the sun set over the Cabinet mountains. We have two kids ourselves so our vacation home is very child-friendly. We have a highchair, a playpen, baby bedding and a baby monitor for those traveling with young children. We also have plastic cups, plates, bowls, and sippy cups. There is a toybox filled with toys, and boardgames, books, and dvds for both children and adults. Our condo doesn't come with a computer, but if you bring your own laptop there is a workstation with high speed wireless Internet and a printer you can use. Our condo comes with four cruiser bikes and helmets, and we are very near a bike path, so you can ride into town or into Dover. We are also located one block from a bus stop for the free 'SPOT' bus, which can take you shopping, or to the base of Schweitzer Mountain to catch the shuttle bus. Our condo is a block away from the Sandpoint West Athletic Club and Travers park, which is a huge beautiful park with kids' play structures, tennis courts, a skateboard/ BMX park, and playing fields. Our home is just one block from an espresso stand, and a few blocks from the Pine Street Bakery. It is under a mile to the downtown shops and restaurants, and just beyond that is the wonderful park at City Beach. We are one mile from the Festival at Sandpoint, and 15 minutes to Schweitzer Mountain resort. Our condo is exactly 30 minutes away from the Silverwood theme park.
  • Three story townhome with

    Three story townhome with

    Sandpoint: Vacation Rental
    • 5 BDR
    • 4 BA
    • Sleeps 14
    • #242076
    $549 to $979 USD/night Credit Card
    Three story townhome with five bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms. It accommodates up to 14 people and has multiple private decks all overlooking the lake.. Seasons at Sandpoint is a stunning luxury lakefront resort comprised of individually owned condos and townhomes. The Retreat is a centrally located clubhouse with beautifully decorated common areas, concierge services as well as a state-of-the-art gym. The resort also provides its guests with a professionally staffed marina, a private beach complete with a swimming area, as well as a lakeside outdoor heated pool & hot tub. This is all highlighted by breathtaking views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot mountain ranges. This newly constructed beautiful three-level townhouse offers more than 4,000 sq. ft. and all the comforts of home with five bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms. It easily accommodates up to 14 people with two living areas, four TVs, large windows overlooking beautiful views, a gourmet kitchen on the second level and additional kitchenette on the beach level, and an array of private decks. Located on the upper level there are 3 tastefully appointed bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom and excellent lake views. The master boasts a king-size bed, while one guest is fitted with a queen-size bed and the other is suited with 2 twins. The ground level Master bedroom offers two queen-size beds. Located through the Master bedroom is a bunk room with 4 twins and a full bathroom. There is also a half bath on this level that is accessible from the living area. Additional amenities include a two-car garage with driveway parking, and a private elevator that can be made available for guests with special access needs. Boat slips are available for rent just steps from the condo and a dock master is on hand to assist in preparing for and returning from a day on Lake Pend Oreille. Downtown Sandpoint is just a short walk from the resort and is filled with unique restaurants, shopping and entertainment.
  • Two bed two bath

    Two bed two bath

    Sandpoint: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    • #242071
    $199 to $429 USD/night Credit Card
    Two bed, two bath condo that can accommodate up to 4 people. The master bedroom has a king bed and a private bathroom. The guest bedroom has two twin beds. Private balcony overlooking lake.. Seasons at Sandpoint is a stunning luxury lakefront resort comprised of individually owned condos and townhomes. The Retreat is a centrally located clubhouse with beautifully decorated common areas, concierge services as well as a state-of-the-art gym. The resort also provides its guests with a professionally staffed marina, a private beach complete with a swimming area, as well as a lakeside outdoor heated pool & hot tub. This is all highlighted by breathtaking views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot mountain ranges. This spectacular two bedroom, two bath condo can accommodate up to 4 guests and features a large open floor plan with a gourmet kitchen and great water views. The master bedroom boasts a king size bed and private bathroom. The second bedroom is suited with two twin beds. Boat slips are available for rent just steps from the condo and a dock master is on hand to assist in preparing for and returning from a day on Lake Pend Oreille. Downtown Sandpoint is just a short walk from the resort and is filled with unique restaurants, shopping and entertainment.
  • Three bed two bath

    Three bed two bath

    Sandpoint: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 7
    • #242075
    $249 to $479 USD/night Credit Card
    Three bed, two bath condo that can accommodate up to 7 people. The master bedroom has a king bed. The second bedroom has a queen bed and the third bedroom has a bunk bed, with a full bed on bottom and a twin on top. Private balcony overlooking lake.. Seasons at Sandpoint is a stunning luxury lakefront resort comprised of individually owned condos and townhomes. The Retreat is a centrally located clubhouse with beautifully decorated common areas, concierge services as well as a state-of-the-art gym. The resort also provides its guests with a professionally staffed marina, a private beach complete with a swimming area, as well as a lakeside outdoor heated pool & hot tub. This is all highlighted by breathtaking views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot mountain ranges. This spectacular three bedroom, two bath condo can accommodate 7 guests and features a large open floor plan with gourmet kitchen, living area, dining space and great water views. The master bedroom boasts a king size bed and private bathroom. The second bedroom is suited with a queen bed and the third bedroom is suited with a bunk bed (full on bottom & twin on top). There is a second full sized bathroom for the second and third bedroom to share. Boat slips are available for rent just steps from the condo and a dock master is on hand to assist in preparing for and returning from a day on Lake Pend Oreille. Downtown Sandpoint is just a short walk from the resort and is filled with unique restaurants, shopping and entertainment.
  • Three bed two bath

    Three bed two bath

    Sandpoint: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 8
    • #242073
    $249 to $479 USD/night Credit Card
    Three bed, two bath condo that can accommodate up to 6 people. The master bedroom has a king bed and a private bathroom. The second bedroom has a queen bed and the third bedroom has a full bed. Private balcony overlooking lake.. Seasons at Sandpoint is a stunning luxury lakefront resort comprised of individually owned condos and townhomes. The Retreat is a centrally located clubhouse with beautifully decorated common areas, concierge services as well as a state-of-the-art gym. The resort also provides its guests with a professionally staffed marina, a private beach complete with a swimming area, as well as a lakeside outdoor heated pool & hot tub. This is all highlighted by breathtaking views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot mountain ranges. This spectacular three bedroom, two bath condo can accommodate 6 guests and features a large open floor plan with gourmet kitchen, living area, dining space and great water views. The master bedroom boasts a king size bed and private bathroom. The second bedroom is suited with a queen size bed and the third bedroom is suited a full size twin bed. There is a second full sized bathroom for the second and third bedroom to share. Boat slips are available for rent just steps from the condo and a dock master is on hand to assist in preparing for and returning from a day on Lake Pend Oreille. Downtown Sandpoint is just a short walk from the resort and is filled with unique restaurants, shopping and entertainment.
  • Two bed two bath

    Two bed two bath

    Sandpoint: Vacation Rental
    • 2 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #242070
    $199 to $429 USD/night Credit Card
    Two bed, two bath condo with a bonus den that can accommodate up to 6 people. The master bedroom has a king bed and a private bathroom. The guest bedroom has a queen bed and the den has two twin beds (trundle). Private balcony overlooking lake.. Seasons at Sandpoint is a stunning luxury lakefront resort comprised of individually owned condos and townhomes. In the center of the resort there is a main clubhouse called The Retreat with beautifully decorated common areas, concierge services as well as a state-of-the-art gym. The resort also provides its owners and guests with a professionally staffed private marina, a private beach with a swimming area and a lakeside outdoor heated pool and hot tub. All highlighted by scenic views of the water and mountains. This spectacular two bedroom, two bath condo can accommodate up to 6 guests and features a large open floor plan with a gourmet kitchen and great water views. The master bedroom boasts a king size bed and private bathroom. The second bedroom is suited with one queen bed. The den provides additional sleeping arrangements with two twin beds (trundle bed). Boat slips are available for rent just steps from the condo and a dock master is on hand to assist in preparing for and returning from a day on Lake Pend Oreille. Downtown Sandpoint is filled with unique restaurants, shopping and numerous activities. This is all located within a short walk from the resort.
  • Three bed two bath

    Three bed two bath

    Sandpoint: Vacation Rental
    • 3 BDR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    • #242074
    $249 to $479 USD/night Credit Card
    Three bed, two bath condo that can accommodate up to 6 people. The master bedroom has a king bed and a private bathroom. The second bedroom has a queen bed and the third bedroom has two twins (trundle bed). Private balcony overlooking lake.. Seasons at Sandpoint is a stunning luxury lakefront resort comprised of individually owned condos and townhomes. The Retreat is a centrally located clubhouse with beautifully decorated common areas, concierge services as well as a state-of-the-art gym. The resort also provides its guests with a professionally staffed marina, a private beach complete with a swimming area, as well as a lakeside outdoor heated pool & hot tub. This is all highlighted by breathtaking views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Selkirk, Cabinet and Bitterroot mountain ranges. This spectacular three bedroom, two bath condo can accommodate 6 guests and features a large open floor plan with gourmet kitchen, living area, dining space and great water views. The master bedroom boasts a king size bed and private bathroom. The second bedroom is suited with a queen bed and the third bedroom is suited with 2 twin beds (trundle). There is a second full sized bathroom for the second and third bedroom to share. Boat slips are available for rent just steps from the condo and a dock master is on hand to assist in preparing for and returning from a day on Lake Pend Oreille. Downtown Sandpoint is just a short walk from the resort and is filled with unique restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

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Sun Valley is loaded with history and natural beauty, not to mention fascinating culture, fabulous cuisine, fantastic shopping, family adventures, festive events, free "around town" buses and friendly locals. Have fun exploring the site and getting to know the locals a little better!

Arts & Culture

Sun Valley's art scene will catch you by surprise. For such a small community in a remote part of the world, Sun Valley offers truly remarkable arts and culture opportunities. ArtPlace recognized the area as one of the Top 12 Small Art Towns in the United States validating the quality, diversity and sheer volume of arts programming in the community.

Set amid one of the most accessible and pristine mountain backdrops, visitors and locals rub elbows in galleries, at theater performances, and on the lawn at live music performances frequently coming straight off a day of fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and the like.

Snowsports

Ranked the 4th Best Ski Resort by Ski Magazine and one of Powder Magazine's Top 8 Ski Towns, Sun Valley is where it all began and continues to thrive under the radar today. Bald Mountain's 3,400 vertical feet of fall line terrain is complimented by the region's limitless backcountry access that gives the area the reputation of the Alps of America. Home to Sun Valley HeliSki, skiers and snowboarders can turn the fun meter up to 11 nearly every day of the week for fresh powder turns with one of the most respected heli-ops in the US .

If you are more the endurance athletic type, your heart will jump at the 200+ kilometers of meticulously groomed and maintained Nordic trails which span the length of the valley from Bellevue in the south to Galena Lodge nearly 40 miles to the north.

Sun Valley is a winter wanderer's paradise. Forget the crowds, lift lines, and hectic nature of other resort destinations, here you will find plenty of space to truly enjoy your favorite winter sport, and a real town in which to savor the spoils of an incredible day.

Sports & Recreation

Most people associate Sun Valley recreation with world-class skiing, but not every Sun Valley recreational activity requires a lift ticket. The surrounding area supplies visitors with an endless variety of spectacular scenery and sporting diversions. In Sun Valley, you're only limited by your imagination.

There are endless opportunities and locations to go hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, or land your first 18-inch Rainbow Trout on the Big Wood River. Book a trip with friends for a guided backcountry mountain bike tour where you'll overnight in cozy Mongolian-style yurts. With so much to occupy your time, a return trip to Sun Valley will definitely be in order.

Just for kids!

We're all kids for life, but being a kid in Sun Valley means that the best playground in the world is at your back door. From terrain parks on Dollar Mountain to mountain biking and adventure camps for summer fun, to classes at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Enivironmental Resource Center, to picking seven different types of raspberries at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden - being a kid is just better here.

When making plans for your next family vacation, consider various choices ranging from outdoor activities, theater and live performances, art exhibits and classes, to tours of gardens and river walks, children of all ages can stay active and entertained.

Festivals & Events

With events ranging from the Trailing of the Sheep Festival in October to the culinary indulgence of the Sun Valley Harvest Festival in September, it is no surprise that many of the events that epitomize Sun Valley are very often unclassifiable or just simply unique. The calendar listings below provide an overview of these unique festivals along with other upcoming festivals and events. 

Christmas in Sun Valley: Flocked in a frosty coat of white and adorned with shimmering lights, wreaths, and a passionate reverence for time honored tradition and family gathering, few places are as magical during Christmas as Sun Valley. As the streets lined with lights welcome visitors to town and the village teems with festive activities and traditions, the spirit of Christmas is infectious to all who enter.  So come to Sun Valley and rekindle your love for the most wonderful time of the year while bonding with your loved ones and enjoying the skiing and iceskating, caroling and worshipping, dining and shopping - even late night bar hopping. See what Sun Valley has in store for your family this winter!

The Annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival (last week of January – first week of February): As a way to showcase “Nordic Town USA”, the Sun Valley Nordic Ski Alliance hosts the Sun Valley Nordic Festival. The Sun Valley Nordic Festival features 9 days of activities, races, clinics and fun events culminating in the world famous Boulder Mountain Tour. There will be discounts on demos and rentals, lodging and dining, special free events as well as a $49 – 9 day all valley-wide ski trail pass. There is no better value anywhere in the Nordic ski world. So come to “Nordic Town USA” for the Sun Valley Nordic Festival.

Sun Valley Film Festival (March): The fourth annual Sun Valley Film Festival is a 5-day stellar line-up of films followed by filmmaker Q&A's, intimate Coffee Talks, the Screenwriters Lab, the Future Filmmakers Forum, parties, dinners, and some damn good spring skiing. Cutting edge films, music, parties and top industry special guests will be featured during the festival.

Sun Valley Wellness Festival (May): The Sun Valley Wellness Festival is an annual gathering of the top speakers and practitioners of mind, body, spirit and environmental wellness. Presented by the Sun Valley Wellness Institute, its mission is to Inspire Positive Change in the lives of many every single year. Join us at the Sun Valley Resort in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho for five days of inspiration, education and healing that will enrich your life!

Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival (June)

Hailey Days of the Old West Celebration (July): The Hailey Days of the Old West Celebration is the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July. The town of Hailey plays host to a rodeo, fireworks, parade, pancake breakfast and antique market. There is plenty to do and authentic entertainment for all ages.

Ketchum Arts Festival: The popular Ketchum Arts Festival celebrates over 100 visually enchanting art-filled booths dispersed over Festival Meadows at the top of the Sun Valley Resort flanked by world famous Mt.Baldy.

Multicolored paragliders silently soar above grinning festival-goers who bask in the high-sun alpine summer, free live music plays non-stop, scents of delicious food permeates the air, and children squeal with joy stringing bracelets or painting faces in the free activity tent. It's easy to find a special art piece that becomes a sentimental memory of the weekend charm.

Check out complete and up to date list of festivals and events here.
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