Friedman Memorial Airport offers direct access to the best of Sun Valley’s cultural and recreational attractions. The neighboring communities of Bellevue, Hailey, and Ketchum, provide a variety of small-town shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all -or indulge just a bit.
With the nearby Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, world-class fishing and skiing, and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, this diverse Idaho landscape will win you over and have you coming back for more every year.
We proudly boast we have more than 40 days of sun than the national average- 249! You can’t beat a climate bursting with clean air, and impressive views, all while hiking, biking, skiing, rafting- and more! Our nights can be equally breathtaking with star gazing at its finest. It’s all here … what are you waiting for?
Take a look and get inspired for your next trip through our beautiful valley.
Friedman Memorial Airport has a strong commitment to its communities and strives to achieve exemplary stewardship through active involvement within our community.
Visit the terminal for a view at the most recent art exhibit showcasing over 50 works from 37 local artists.
Additional efforts we support include but are not limited to:
Plus many charities within our community that do incredible and necessary work
Our board and staff are continually looking for ways to engage with programs that are meaningful to them as individuals and FMA encourages their involvement—whether it’s with their money, their time or their talent.
For Lodging, Dining, Shopping, Area Attractions, and Local Event information for specific areas of the Wood River Valley, please visit the following Chamber of Commerce links:
For more places to visit in Idaho please visit http://www.visitidaho.org.
Looking for an escape to some of the most iconic scenery in the western United States? Central Idaho will not disappoint. With National attractions bringing visitors from all over the globe, the Sun Valley area is an outdoor recreationist’s dream come true!
The Craters of the Moon lava F\field spreads across 618 square miles and is the largest mostly Holocene-aged basaltic lava field in the contiguous United States.The Monument and Preserve contain more than 25 volcanic cones, including outstanding examples of spatter cones. The 60 distinct solidified lava flows that form the Craters of the Moon Lava Field range in age from 15,000 to just 2,000 years. The Kings Bowl and Wapi lava fields, both about 2,200 years old, are part of the National Preserve
The Sawtooth National Recreation Area (Sawtooth NRA) consists of 756,000 acres of beautiful mountainous scenery. The Sawtooth NRA includes the Sawtooth Wilderness, Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness, and the Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness areas. The Sawtooth NRA has over 700 miles of trails, 40 peaks rising over 10,000 feet and 300-plus high-elevation alpine lakes that add to the spectacular scenery and vistas. Camping, boating, and hiking are among just some of the activities enjoyed by recreationists to the area.
Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve
The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), designated the central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve in Dec. 2017. It is the 12th Dark Sky Reserve worldwide. IDA awarded the area Gold Tier Status – their highest ranking for night sky quality. It is here, in the heart of central Idaho where you will find it truly humbling to view the Milky Way, planets, meteors, comets, and even deep space objects unencumbered by light pollution.
This legendary fly fishing attraction also offers up miles of pristine streams, beautiful mountain vistas, and a variety of wildlife species. Bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, as well as interpretive displays at the Visitor’s Center, offer something beyond the world-class trout found here. A day visiting the Preserve will not disappoint.
With 3,400 vertical feet and over 2,400 acres of diverse terrain, Sun Valley offers skiers and riders something special on two distinct mountains. Sun Valley Resort has been ranked the number 1 Ski Resort by SKI Magazine and one of Powder Magazine’s Top 8 Ski Towns.
Lodges at Bald Mountain:
The Warm Springs Lodge at the base of Bald Mountain, first built in 1992, was Sun Valley’s original luxury ski lodge. With towering old-growth timbers, river rock, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, it ushered in a new era of elegance for Bald Mountain amenities. In April of 2018, a fire destroyed the roof and interior of the lodge. It has since been recreated with a new-and-improved facility to serve the Warm Springs area.
The River Run lodge was built in 1995 with a Gondola taking passengers to the Roundhouse Restaurant located midway up the mountain at 7,700 ft. providing an amazing view. The restaurant and lodge offer an extensive menu, seating, and often live entertainment.
Glide into Seattle Ridge Lodge, right atop the slopes, and enjoy a variety of food from their fabulous menu. Our chefs specialize in wood-fired fare, grilled steaks, fish, burgers, bbq, and even custom-made salads. Take with you or enjoy while appreciating one of the most panoramic views in North America.
The perfect place for kids and beginners to build their confidence. It features two high-speed quads, a full-featured terrain park, and the Wundercarpet, an effortless uphill transporter for little ones.
Located at the base of Dollar Mountain, just one-half mile from the Sun Valley Resort, Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge boasts breathtaking views of Bald Mountain and the surrounding ranges. Combining mountain charm and Sun Valley’s renowned elegance, Dollar Lodge features floor-to-ceiling windows, exposed log construction, rustic carved chandeliers, and dramatic vaulted ceilings. Enjoy the incredible view of the Pioneer and Boulder Mountains from the beautiful outdoor patio and expansive lawn.
Galena Lodge is located in the heart of the Boulder Mountains, 23 miles north of the Sun Valley Resort and Ketchum, ID. It provides an inviting home base for skiers, snowshoers, winter biking, and sledders. More than 30 miles of groomed Nordic trails are maintained surrounding the lodge and more than 15 miles of packed snowshoe trails. For other winter trail system information throughout the valley visit What to Do: Winter Trails – BCRD – Blaine County Recreation District.
Winter Wonderland Festival, Sun Valley Village
Dec. 9 – Jan. 1, 2022
Throughout the season, celebrate with an open-air holiday market, a tree lighting ceremony, performances by the Sun Valley Carolers, ice carving demonstrations, and more!
Late fall hikes and early winter snowshoeing are other activities this time of year. Check out the BCRD trails for plenty of options.
Sun Valley Tree Lighting Ceremony
An appearance by Santa, live holiday music by Faculty Lounge, ice carvings, complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, and a cash bar. Tree lighting at 6:00 p.m. sharp.
Sun Valley Resort
A special holiday buffet on Dec. 23 and 24 at the Sun Valley Clubhouse, with kid-friendly dishes and traditional favorites. Plus, live and festive holiday music! Reservations are required 208-622-2919.
Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade
The Sun Valley Carolers will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. with some Christmas favorites. Additional programming to follow with the annual torchlight parade making its way down Dollar Mountain on Christmas Eve. As always, complimentary cookies and cocoa will be served. 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Sun Valley Village
Families of all ages are invited to hit the slopes and enjoy some night turns, music under the stars, and fireworks at 9:00 p.m. sharp. Food and beverage options are available inside Carol’s Lodge. $50/adults, $35/kids. Season passes are not valid for this event. 5:00 -9:00 p.m.
Sun Valley, Idaho has long inspired artistic greats, from countless talented Hollywood icons to Ernest Hemingway. Boasting world-class art galleries, film and art festivals, museums, live performances, and more! Here’s your guide to taking in all of the talent on display in the Wood River Valley.
Exhibits, plays, concerts, and other programs await you in the Wood River Valley. If you are looking to get a little culture in between all of the outdoor activities, you are sure to find something for all ages.
Blaine County Historical Museum
Community Library-Programs & Exhibits
For more local information visit these resources for an in-depth look at everything the valley and surrounding area has to offer- plus a link to an award-winning Wood River Valley Visitor Guide! It’s everything you need to plan a fabulous visit to the area.
The Valley Chamber and Visitor’s Guide
Whether you are thinking about relocating or just in town for a quick weekend, The Chamber will provide you with history, events, and many types of activities for anyone looking to explore the Valley.
Chamber and Welcome Center Location:
781 S. Main St. at the Wertheimer Welcome Center in Hailey
Monday-Friday, 10: 00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Comprehensive site for everything Idaho provided by the Idaho Department of Tourism. Visit Sun Valley and for information relating to Central Idaho/Sun Valley visit: Discover Central Idaho | Sawtooth Mountains, Sun Valley, Stanley & More
The Sawtooth Scenic Byway | Road Trips in Central Idaho is another great resource for a drive through the Sawtooth National Wilderness Area.
Idaho Mountain Express The award-winning Idaho Mountain Express publishes twice a week, on Wednesday and Friday, and is available at locations throughout the Wood River Valley.
For everything Sun Valley- events, mountain information (summer and winter), lodging, shopping, etc!