Sun Valley was founded by Union Pacific Railroad who wanted a destination ski resort in the U.S. Union Pacific RR engineers even designed the 1st chairlift for Sun Valley.
Sun Valley, Idaho is 3 hours east of Boise and 4.5 hours from Salt Lake City, Utah. These are also the two closest major airports.
Luxurious Sun Valley Lodge and the more modest Sun Valley Inn are the two hotels in Sun Valley. Find several lower cost hotels in nearby Ketchum.
- Horseback riding - Sport shooting - Hiking/Biking - Golf - Dine and shop - Ice skating - Yoga
Just 90 minutes from Sun Valley is Craters of the Moon, a national park unlike any other. Pack clean hiking shoes and get a cave permit from the visitors center.
This famous writer was invited to Sun Valley Lodge in 1939 and loved the area. He later bought a home and is buried in Ketchum Cemetery.
The Austrian-inspired restaurant serves incredible breakfast, lunch, and treats. Plus their coffee is strong and hot chocolate decadent.
Find more activities and tips for visiting Sun Valley in our full review.