Together, Ketchum and Sun Valley make up the ultimate winter and summer playground. Dining options abound - from some of the Northwest's best burgers to sophisticated Italian, French, and Asian fusion fare - while late night spots for music and cocktails can be found for every age group.
Residents and visitors alike take to two wheels in the summer, cruising through town or along the paved bike-path extending from north Ketchum to Hailey. World-class art - highlighted at evening Gallery Walks - and shopping make for exceptional browsing and buying.
Hikers, often with family dog in tow, hit in-town trails. Further north, the paddle-boats and sandy shores of Redfish Lake and powerboating on Lake Alturas, both within an hour's drive, make for unforgettable days in the sun. Of course Sun Valley Resort is a community cornerstone, its quaint village just as bustling in summer as in winter. Take a spin at the outdoor ice rink or take in a famous nighttime ice show and fireworks display.
Between the two town centers of Ketchum and Hailey is a residential area called "mid-valley." This area stretches from just south of Ketchum to a few miles north of Hailey. Dominated by residential areas that run the gamut from cozy, small lots to large, horse friendly lots mid-valley neighborhoods benefit from having the bike path and the river run through the corridor. Living in the mid-valley area means that you're never very far from either city center with their movie theaters, grocery stores, schools, and restaurants. Mid-valley residents have access to great trails with some of the best hiking and biking in the Sun Valley area. One of the best-kept secrets about living mid valley? The night skies.
Hailey is the heart of the South Valley. More that 6,000 residents enjoy the theaters, shops, restaurants, and coffeehouses, as well as an impressively high number of community parks.
Unlike Ketchum and Sun Valley, whose rhythms are governed by tourism much of the year, Hailey has a decidedly close-knit, family vibe, while neighboring Bellevue boast a more rural appeal.
In addition to more that 40 hikes and Big Wood river access within five miles of Hailey, Sun Valley Resort and Dollar Mountain are only 15 minutes north in Sun Valley. Magic reservoir, a great choice for nearby boating and water-skiing in warm water is 20 minutes southwest. Friedman memorial airport -gateway to the Wood River valley - sits at the south end of Hailey, just north of Bellevue and an easy 12-mile drive from Ketchum. Traveling to Boise by car is slightly more than two hours west.