So we know what you are going to do once you get here; ride, listen to music, ride, drink some Fat Tire, ride and then maybe ride some more. We focus a lot on what is happening throughout the week of Ride Sun Valley, things like events, races, and fun. But just how the heck do you get to this tiny ski town in the middle of Idaho? Read on for more information about planes, trains and automobiles.
The easiest way to get to SV is to fly into local airport, Hailey’s Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey. Delta Airlines and Alaska/Horizon Air have numerous flights in every day from hundreds of locations via Salt Lake City. Upon arrival, Hailey is on only a short, 20-minute drive north on Highway 75. Basically, step off the plane and head in the direction of the mountains. The next best option is flying in on one of Boise Airport’s 60 daily flights. Boise is a two-and-a-half hour drive from Sun Valley so hop in a rental car or try the daily shuttle through Sun Valley Express (www.sunvalleyexpress.com).
Unfortunately for train lovers, trains stopped running through the Valley by 1985, but the 32-miles of train track that spanned from Bellevue to Ketchum was turned into a manicured, useful, and beautiful trail system especially for those who enjoy recreation of the two-wheeled kind. So if you feel like riding to town, “the Bike Path” is definitely a good route.
Now, assuming no one gets lost along the way (we have included the above road map of Idaho just in case), the next step is figuring out where to stay when you get here. If you are looking for a hotel to make home for the week of Ride Sun Valley, the Sun Valley Resort has condos available starting at $149/night (call 800-786-8259 and mention “Mountain Bike Finals” to capitalize on that deal). There are also several hotels in town, including the Best Western Tyrolean located right at the base of River Run. For a complete list of hotels, go to www.visitsunvalley.com.
For the more rugged travelers, there might even still be a few campsites available. There will be fifteen RV hookups available for $30/day, located three miles from River Run at a local RV park. (Call 208-726-2777). Additional RV spots, without hookups, will be available near River Run as well.
For the even more rugged travelers and those without an RV to call home, camping above the River Run parking lot will be available at $25/day. Sites must be reserved so call 208-726-2777 for more beta on reservations, showers, and facilities.
And if you are looking to get out of the fray a little bit during your down time at Ride Sun Valley, there are some pretty incredible campgrounds within driving and riding distance of town. Check out some favorite spots like the North Fork Campground, Wood River Campground, and Trail Creek’s Boundary and Park Creek Campgrounds. For more info on campgrounds, including a complete list, go to http://www.visitsunvalley.com/static/index.cfm?contentID=1111 . And of course, you can find all this information on the Ride Sun Valley website. (www.ridesunvalley.com)
Now you know how to get here and where to stay. There are no more excuses. Get here for Ride Sun Valley and show Idaho what you’ve got.