Ketchum isn’t selfish. It wants you to hike its trails. Fish its rivers. Bike it’s paths. It’s thrilled when you swim its lakes. Or hit a ball down its fairways. All it asks is that you remember one thing: to always come back and enjoy it again.
Mountain biking in Sun Valley is a signature adventure not to be missed during the summer months. The newly offered Hit-the-Trails Mountain Bike Adventure through the Limelight Hotel Ketchum, allows guests to experience Sun Valley’s legendary mountain bike trails with pros from the local Sturtevant’s Bike Team. Guides will take a small group of guests on some of the most popular bike trails in the surrounding area and offer tips and assistance to participants. The ride is geared towards beginner/intermediate riders and will take place every Thursday starting June 22. Guests will depart the Limelight Lobby at 9am for a quick intro and gear check with a scheduled departure time of 9:30am. Expected return time to the hotel is 11:30am.
Discounted mountain bikes are available to rent through the Four Mountain Sports adjacent to the lobby. Register in advance with the front desk or adventure concierge. Participants must be overnight guests, ages 12 or older. Only six guests are allowed per day.
Olympic Cruising and Medals with Muffy Davis
Explore Sun Valley’s history and ski racing past with local hometown hero and four-time Paralympian and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inductee, Muffy Davis. This leisurely cruiser ride will offer guests a unique glimpse into both the town of Ketchum and Sun Valley’s famous past. The tour ends back at the hotel with an opportunity to view Muffy’s medals and hear about her amazing journey to winning gold. Hotel cruiser bikes will be available for use and the activity will take place June 22, July 20 and August 10. The cruiser tour will depart the hotel at 5pm and return by 6:30pm with a medal viewing and meet-and-greet scheduled for all hotel guests from 6:30pm–7pm in the Limelight Lobby.
Register in advance at the front desk or adventure concierge and inform them if guests require a hotel cruiser for the ride. Participants must be overnight guests, ages 10 or older and six guests are allowed per day.
A Walk in the Woods: Explore Sun Valley
Enjoy a naturalist-led walk with a local specialist from the ERC (Environmental Resource Center) or the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and explore the River Run area behind the hotel or the beauty of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden with an expert who will speak to the area’s flora and fauna. The nature walks are for ages 6 and older with all ability levels welcome. The walks will take place Mondays starting June 19 with guests departing the hotel at 10:15am for approximately an hour-long walk. On July 17 and July 24, the walks will take place at the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens with a shuttle leaving the hotel at 10:15am and returning by 11:45am. Register in advance with the front desk or adventure concierge.
Participants must be overnight guests, ages 6 and older. Fourteen guests are allowed per day.
Bring your Blue Wing Olives. Your Charlie Boy Hoppers. Your Muddy Buddys and Madame Xs. The fly fishing waters around Ketchum are Blue Ribbon all the way. Simply provide the most attractive looking meal you can, and expect to pull in your share of rainbows, browns, brooks, cutthroats, steelheads and Chinooks. We’ll help you get to know the most prime sections of Silver Creek, The Big Wood, The Big Lost, Copper Basin, The Little Wood and the headwaters of the Salmon River.
Bring your clubs. Three challenging public courses offer plenty of opportunities to tee it up and let it rip. Be prepared though, at this altitude your ball will go a little farther. Once you’ve adjusted your game for the thinner air, head over to Sun Valley’s own Robert Trent Jones, Jr. championship course, which Golf Digest consistently ranks as one of the “Top 75 Resort Courses,” for the best golf in the state.
The Sawtooth Mountains are just begging to feel the bottom of your boots...and paws. From the steep to the sublime. you’ll find the perfect hike for every man, woman, child, group, family and family dog. Definitely talk with our Summer Adventure Concierge about your best bets depending on the weather forecast and how far you want to hoof it.
Shoot some rapids. Windsurf some waves. Float a stream. Just don’t stand up in your canoe. For a landlocked state, we’re pretty lucky to be surrounded by so much water. Explore the area's lakes, rivers and streams. Or, area outfitters will have you rafting, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, tubing and waterskiing to the point you’ll practically grow gills.
Ketchum may be more Mellow West than Wild West these days, but the horses don’t seem to mind. They’re happy to share their trails with all bikers hikers and dogs. From pony rides, to trail rides into the mountains — even multi-day outfitted expeditions — we’ll set you up with one of many trustworthy outfitters who will gladly welcome you into their tech-free, take-it-easy way of life.