5 Unique Experiences in and Around Ketchum, Idaho
It’s no wonder why celebrities make Ketchum, Idaho and the famous Sun Valley Resort a destination on their vacation lists. Ever since its founding in 1936, Ketchum has become a year-round sports enthusiast wonderland. It welcomes visitors with its breathtaking scenery, stunning mountains and valleys, meadows filled with wildflowers, miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, rivers, streams and creeks abound and are prime with fish.
Getting away from the big city, fast-paced lifestyle is typically the goal here while nestled in the heart of Idaho’s Wood River Valley.
1. Galena Lodge
A magical 23 mile drive north of Ketchum along the Sawtooth Scenic Byway, takes you to the rustic Galena Lodge with Boulder Mountain serving as it’s backdrop. This community owned day-lodge is open in the winter and summer seasons and serves as a home base for hikers, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers. There are miles upon miles of trails to explore and when you get hungry, stop to take a break and experience their lunch menu which features local Idaho beef, Lava Lake lamb, hand crafted veggie burgers, house made soups and bread. If you’re looking to stay the night, a few semi-backcountry yurts are available.
2. The Trailing of the Sheep
The Trailing of the Sheep has been acclaimed as one of the top annual autumn festivals in the United States by MSN.com, USA Today, and Northwest Travel. Held each year in Ketchum, Idaho for five days in mid-October, the festival strives to commemorate the Wood River Valley’s rich tradition of sheep herding and ranching. It recreates the annual rancher migration of sheep from the region’s mountain pastures into the valley for lambing and winter grazing. Fun, family-friendly events honor the traditions of sheep ranchers, herders, and other area pioneers, including an annual Big Sheep Parade that travels more than 1,500 sheep down Ketchum’s Main Street. Other events include championship sheepdog trials, a wool-working festival, lamb-focused culinary events, and multicultural performances honoring the region’s lineage of Scottish and Basque sheepherders.
3. Scenic Overlook via Bald Mountain Trail
Scenic Overlook via Bald Mountain Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately rated out and back trail located near Ketchum. Featuring panoramic views of the valley and stunning contrasting colors. If you take a hike during September or October, you’ll experience the fantastic fall reds and yellows that paint the pathway.
This annual German Volk Festival experience brings together live music, games, costumes, food and of course beer, lots of beer! So dawn your lederhosen, sit in the Biergartens (Beer Garden) and compete against locals and visitors in some Hammerschlagen, Beer Pong, Cornhole, Giant Jenga, Chicken Bingo, Stein Hoisting and Masskrugstemmen Contests.
5. Sun Valley Center for the Arts
Whether you are looking for special events, fine arts performances, or a more hands-on experience, be sure to visit the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. As Wood River Valley’s oldest arts organization and largest in the state of Idaho, it has received National accreditation from the American Association of Museums in recognition of its adherence to the highest standards of operation and programming.
Wildflower Girl by Dana Stewart Quinney is comprised of life stories that beautifully depict the significance of growing up in Ketchum, Idaho amidst the inception of the famous Sun Valley resort. Ernest Hemmingway frequently tipped his hat to Dana on the streets and her father served as a fishing and hunting guide for celebrities. Dana’s passion has always been the outdoors and to this day, she is enchanted by Idaho’s wilderness.
Legend Keepers in the News
The Legend Keepers Series has won three awards due to its uniquely crafted narrative and important message– a blend of fantasy and fiction promoting an environmental message!
“I blended what we know about animals from research, and what we would like to know about animals but don’t — the stuff we imagine and wish we knew,” he said. “As a novelist, I have this freedom that I don’t have as a scientist writing nonfiction.”
Celebrating the Earth and Environmental Education: A Message From Our Kids’ Future
Science has the wonderful capacity to open young minds to possibilities. It prompts them to ask questions about the world they live in, especially the “how” and “why” questions.
I also believe that literature can enhance classroom science education. Both nonfiction and fiction—including eco-fiction—convey engaging and evocative examples of science in action. Such storytelling helps both young and old to see what’s possible. Stories inspire us to imagine what could be. We need to be able to imagine, to dream of the future we want. Only then can we seek and achieve it. This is our shared responsibility to future generations, and to planet Earth.
Green Earth Books: A Book List for Earth Day!
My favorite way of exploring any topic with my kids is—you guessed it, with books! There are many books that cover topics of pollution, the Earth, climate change, environmental activism and activists, recycling, science and scientists, plants and animals, both fiction and nonfiction, picture books, and chapter books. I am grateful for the wide variety, but it can sometimes make it a bit tricky to know just where to start. Here’s a quick tip–find a list of books that have been nominated for or won an award. These books have been vetted and have a stamp of approval. For my 2023 Earth Day Book Recommendation List, I am pulling from The Green Earth Book Awards. Seems pretty fitting for Earth Day, don’t you think?