Top Five Ways To Kick-Start Fall in Sun Valley

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September News & Updates

Now that the dust has settled from a busy August, we’re looking forward to a warm Indian Summer and a beautiful Fall. As you may or may not know, Autumn is one of the best-kept secrets that we have to offer here in Sun Valley. Temperatures cool down, the leaves change, and there’s still plenty to do before the snow falls. Any hike, bike, or adventure you may have enjoyed this summer can be rediscovered with a completely new perspective.

Speaking of new perspectives, perhaps it’s time to take a new perspective on your own property. Is it time to make an upgrade? Don’t hesitate to reach out; we have a great inventory for you to view or can consult with you about listing your own. We look forward to working with you!


Photo: Sun Valley Resort

Top Five Ways to Kick-Start Fall in Sun Valley

1. More Mountain Biking. Ahh, fall! It really is the best season for mountain biking – not too hot, not too cold, and tacky dirt. Start your day off exploring the trails at Galena and end your ride with breakfast or lunch at Galena Lodge.

2. Immerse yourself in the arts. There is no shortage of opportunities for workshops, library talks, lectures, live music, films, and art classes around town this month. Check out the Visit Sun Valley events calendar for all the happenings around town.

3. Go hiking and soak in some Vitamin Yellow. Leaves are beginning to change and the aspen groves are calling your name. Take a hike around town to view some of the valley’s changing colors. Some of SVA’s favorite fall hikes are Proctor, Fox Creek, and Chocolate Gulch.

4. Day trip at the lake: What crowds? Head to Redfish and you’ll feel like you have your own private Idaho.

5. Live it up on a deck: You have all winter to sit inside at Grumpy’s or Lefty’s. Get out with a schooner and enjoy the deck time while the sun sets.


What’s Happening in the Wood River Valley

Sawtooth Brewery’s Oktoberfest
September 20-21
Ketchum Town Square
Sawtooth Brewery’s Oktoberfest brings a German beer garden to Ketchum’s Town Square. Come for the drinks, stay for the food trucks and lawn games. Get Your German on, Idaho Style at Sawtooth Brewery’s 8th Annual Ketchum Oktoberfest! Join us at Ketchum Town Square Sept. 20-21 for Beer, Food, Music, and Games! Visit for all of the details about this year’s events, including an expanded menu from the Sawtooth Brewery outpost! We’ll add more beer garden games and be open for the finish line for the Sun Valley Half Marathon!

Sun Valley Half Marathon
September 21
Wood River YMCA
Please join us for another amazing Valley Half Marathon which will finish in Ketchum Town Square, followed by the Sawtooth Brewery Oktoberfest. The course starts at the YMCA, heads south on the bike path, turns left into Elkhorn, climbs over Elkhorn and back down to Sun Valley Rd. Then it takes a right turn on the bike path toward Trail Creek and does an out and back before heading back into Ketchum and finishes at the town square.

Baldy Hill Climb
September 28 | 7:30am-1pm
Warm Springs Side Bald Mountain
1.86 miles with over 3,000 vertical feet – Do you have what it takes? Come out to compete against the fittest of the fit in the race to the top of Baldy. The running, hiking and biking challenge offers “One Big Mountain, Five Awesome Events.” The course for runners and hikers spans 1.86 miles and 3,140 vertical feet from the bottom of Warm Springs to the summit of Bald Mountain at 9,020 feet. Truly an event for all ages, the BHC also features a free children’s Kinderclimb for ages 11-and-younger. Are you willing to put your body to the ultimate test? There’s still time to train! Visit Baldy Hill Climb website for more information.

Trailing of the Sheep Festival
October 9-13 | All Day
The Trailing of the Sheep Festival was started in 1996 in response to the rapid loss of farms and ranches and the rapid growth in the Wood River Valley. The Festival preserves the stories and colorful history of sheep ranchers and herders, celebrates the rich cultures of the past and present and entertains and educates children, adults and families about the production of local food and fiber that sustain local economies and generations of hard-working families.

Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival
October 16-20
Five days. Forty Bands. One Million Smiles. Celebrating our 30th year! Attendees from all fifty states, every Canadian province, and several foreign countries gather each October to celebrate live performances of America’s music. The Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival was birthed out of a love and appreciation for jazz music by Tom & Barbara Hazzard and is held mid-October each year in Sun Valley, ID. Become One of the Thousands of Jazz Fans Who Have Been Delighted Since 1990! Visit to learn more.