Check-in Day - Ketchum Sun Valley


Check in Day Saturday, August 5th Ketchum / Sun Valley

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Elevation: 5,853 ft.
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time
Population: 2,706
Average High in August: 80°
Average Low in August: 43°
Average Rainfall in August: .67”

Ride IdahoOnce a modest mining and ranching valley, Ketchum is now a bustling resort town that became a popular ski destination with the settlement of nearby Sun Valley. Bald Mountain towers above the city and draws world class skiers every year, it is now a winter and summer tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. Summer activities include, golfing, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, white water rafting and much more. The town is alive with many festivals and events and is full of first class shopping and top rated restaurants of all cultures and flavors.

Coffee and pastry shops jump-start your morning or power up your afternoon. You'll find fondue at 8,000 feet, sushi, big steaks, meatless Asian fusion tapas, your first football-size Idaho potato, right on down to let’s-break-some-rules-because-I’m-on-vacation dinners deserving of the name Decadent.

We highly recommend that if this is your first time in Idaho and or the Wood River Valley that you come at least a day early or stay a few days after the ride to enjoy the beauty and hospitality the area has to offer.

Check in & Packet Pick-up

2:00 - 6:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time

Check in and Packet Pickup will take place in the Ketchum Town Square at 4th St. E & East Ave in downtown Ketchum from 2:00 - 6:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time, packet pick up will be available in the evening should you arrive after 6:00 pm.

This year we have decided to postpone the introductions/orientation meeting until our first night together in Stanley to allow everyone adequate time to eat, shop, socialize and enjoy all that Ketchum has to offer.

Camping will be at Atkinson Park sets on17 beautiful acres and is within walking distance of many great restaurants, bars and shops and is adjacent to the Wood River Bike Trail at the base of the world famous “Bald Mountain” ski hill. Riders will be on their own for dinner this night, and no shower service will available until Sunday when you arrive in Stanley.

Driving Directions to Camp

Ride Idaho Highway 75 will be your road into Ketchum from the south. Once in town it will become Main St., follow it through town to Warm Springs Road where you will veer left and continue on to 10th St, turn left on 10th St. and drive to the end where drop off and camping will be located at the rear of Ernest Hemingway Elementary School.   For those using GPS for directions, the school address is, 111 8th St. E, Ketchum. This will direct you to the front of the school where you will be redirected to the back.

RV Parking

There is no RV parking in or around the camp in Ketchum.  The following are some options and we highly recommend booking early as this will be peak tourist season.  RV long term parking for the week is available and requires you to purchase two regular parking spots at time of registration.

The Meadows
Sun Valley, ID.
Phone: 208-726-5445
Email: themeadowsmanagers@gmail.com

Long Term Parking

Ride Idaho Long term parking will be in close proximately to our camp at a cost of $35 for the week, $70 for RV’s; this will be an unsecured lot so parking will be at your own risk. We recommend that you lock valuables out of site in your trunk. Parking passes can be purchased at the time of registration or by sending a check to the Ride Idaho address at, 396 E Linden St., Boise, Id. 83706. Pass’s will be in your packet along with your rider numbers.

Flying To the Ride

Boise's Airport is the largest airport in Idaho, served by several airlines. Ketchum is approximately 150 miles away and is a three-hour drive from Boise. There’s a shuttle service from the Boise Airport to Ketchum every day leaving at 3:30 at a cost of $75 one way,

Contact Sun Valley Express. www.sunvalleyexpress.com Phone: 877-622-8267.

Booking 30 days in advance will guarantee your shuttle trip. Budget and Avis both operate car rental agencies out of Boise to Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey and we have found weekly rates out of Boise through Costco for as low as $199 for an 8-days car rentals.

Flying into Ketchum:

Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) is located in the city of Hailey at an elevation of 5,315 feet.  The communities of Ketchum and Sun Valley are 12 miles north of the airport and taxis are readily available.

  • FLY NONSTOP FROM 6 CITIES!  Denver, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City
  • Delta Air Lines: daily year-round flights via Salt Lake City; winter & summer flights from Los Angeles; winter flights from Seattle
  • Alaska Airlines: non-stop winter/summer/fall  flights from Los Angeles, Portland (NEW for 2016/17!), and Seattle
  • United Airlines: nonstop winter/summer/fall flights from San Francisco and Denver


Lodging

LodgingThere are limitless options for lodging in and around the Ketchum/Sun Valley area. Check out www.visitsunvalley.com for an extensive list.

Here is how the locals describe it: With that kind of ethos running through our veins, we wouldn’t let you rest your bones on anything but the most perfectly appointed pillow. From Sun Valley’s iconic lodge to Ketchum's downtown hotels to a sky-peeping yurt, we have a mix of accommodations that will suit your taste and travelling style: world-class lodging with a European ambience, classic vacation rental for you and a group of friends, kid-friendly hotel with a great pool.

The Town of Ketchum / Sun Valley

  • Elevation: 5,853 ft.
  • Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time
  • Population: 2,706
  • Average High in August: 80°
  • Average Low in August: 43°
  • Average Rainfall in August: .67”
Ride IdahoOnce a modest mining and ranching town, Ketchum is now a bustling resort town that became a popular ski destination with the settlement of nearby Sun Valley. Bald Mountain towers above the city and draws world class skiers every year. The surrounding wilderness provides a beautiful escape for hiking, trail riding, hunting fishing and sports. Ernest Hemingway was known to have fallen in love with the valley and made his final home in Ketchum.

Things to do in Ketchum / Sun Valley

The Ketchum/Sun Valley area is a winter and summer tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. Summer activities include, golfing, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, road biking, white water rafting and much more. The town is alive with many festivals and events and is full of first class shopping and top rated restaurants of all cultures and flavors.

Your locals don’t end up being acclaimed as a "genetic experiment gone terribly right" without seriously good sustenance.

Local, organic and sustainable are spoken here where chefs bring their creativity to the table.

Coffee and pastry shops jump-start your morning or power up your afternoon. You'll find fondue at 8,000 feet, sushi, big steaks, meatless Asian fusion tapas, your first football-size Idaho potato, right on down to let’s-break-some-rules-because-I’m-on-vacation dinners deserving of the name Decadent.

Whether you're looking for a post-workout lunch, pre-theater dinner, or wee-hour nightcap where Ernest Hemingway downed a few in his day, Sun Valley and Ketchum's more than 50 restaurants and nightlife locales will fuel your system and fire up your adventures.

Ride IdahoWe highly recommend that if this is your first time in Idaho and or the Wood River Valley that you come at least a day early or stay a few days after the ride to enjoy the beauty and hospitality the area has to offer.

As we get closer to the summer months, we will be posting activities and events that will be taking place at the time of our ride as well as a map of the locals favorites ride to the top of Galena Summit, a must do challenge.

Please check our home page periodically for notification of changes and updates!