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Adventurers with a passion for sun-soaked summer days and easy access to outdoor recreation of all types will find endless reasons to make the most of their stay in Sun Valley. This gem of a vacation destination in scenic central Idaho is a one-of-a-kind place to embrace summer interests of all kinds! No matter where you look here, you’ll find extraordinary sights waiting to be discovered and options to explore at your own preferred pace. The dramatic scenery enhances the experience as you get out and enjoy the local mountains, lakes, rivers, meadows, and more that frame this beautiful town. Whether it’s time on the trails you’re after or you’re looking to slow down and paddle your way through a stay, the following are a few of the top Sun Valley, Idaho summer activities to enjoy the next time you’re here.

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Add a Bike Ride on the Harriman Trail to Your To-Do List

Summer in Sun Valley is a season for adventure on two wheels and when you’re ready to ride, biking the Harriman Trail is a must. Named for W. Averell Harriman who founded Sun Valley, this trail was designed by the Mary W. Harriman Foundation back in 1991. While the trail closes in the winter for cross-country skiing, summer sees the snow melt away, and visitors are once again able to hit the trail by bike. You can access the Harriman Trail eight miles North of Ketchum at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and along the way, you’ll want to plan on conquering around 1,200 feet in elevation. The trail winds its way north and west toward Galena Lodge following the Big Wood River. Cyclists will enjoy views of towering aspen forests and sprawling meadows alike but it’s often the Boulder Mountain Range that works as the most memorable and scenic backdrop on this trail.

Spend Quality Time Golfing

For travelers who love spending time on the greens, summer is the very best moment to enjoy a round of golf at Trail Creek’s 18-hole championship course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., this course encompasses more than 6,968 yards and offers golfers easy access to panoramic mountain views as well as gorgeous lawns. Another great golf stop in town is the Sun Valley Club which is open to the public and hosts a 25-acre practice facility as well as an 18-hole putting course. Additionally, those who head this way can enjoy time at the on-site restaurant and bar after a round of golf—savoring the moment from wraparound terraces before hitting up the pro shop too.

Explore on Horseback

Sun Valley is a scenic destination year-round but there’s something to be said for the landscapes in full summer bloom. When you’re looking to make the most of the vistas that await, doing so on horseback is always a good option. Over at Sun Valley Stables, summer travelers can book a ride that’s suitable for all ages and skill levels alongside a knowledgeable guide. These rides begin with an introduction to riding gear, techniques, and the horses before offering sightseeing outings that showcase the greater valley. It’s a one-of-a-kind way to see the sights and enjoy quality time with family and friends this summer too.

Hike Your Way to Sun Valley Fun

If you’re a summer adventurer who prefers to lace up their boots and hit the trail on foot, Sun Valley hiking is picture-perfect. Routes like Adam’s Gulch take you out over 6 miles on a moderately challenging path that’s dog-friendly and runs through aspen groves, meadows and streams. Alternative routes offering up more of a challenge in the area this summer include the trail up Baldy and the Proctor Mountain Loop too.

Enjoy Fly Fishing on the Salmon River

Summer is a season for fly fishing and if angling is your passion, you’ll find you’re in the perfect place this time of year. While there are a multitude of rivers, creeks, and streams to choose from, Salmon River is a particularly popular place to cast a line. Silver Creek is another great option if you’re looking to expand your adventures on the water.

Book Your Sun Valley Stay Today

Savor every moment in Sun Valley in luxury, comfort, and convenience when you book your vacation rental accommodations through the property professionals at Abode Sun Valley. We’re committed to making sure all of our guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind stay and our property options are always a testament to impeccable and elevated style standards. Whether you’re in town for a few days or enjoying an extended stay our team is here to make sure you’re in the right rental to meet the moment. Reach out today to learn more about our incredible rental options available including our summer selection that will make your getaway entirely unforgettable. We look forward to seeing you in scenic Sun Valley soon!

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