Regularly appearing on lists of “Best Mountain Towns,” Ketchum, like many other Western resort towns, transitioned from a 19th-century mining & sheep herding economy to one based largely on outdoor recreation and tourism. In the 30s it was discovered by Hollywood celebrities and became, for a time, one of their glittery playgrounds. As a result, you’ll find a casual, small-town feel with an historic background.
The high desert setting at a base elevation of nearly 6000’ amid a convergence of mountain ranges is ideal for year-round outdoor adventure, with riding that’s overwhelmingly fun, flowy, challenging and gorgeous. By Labor Day weekend, mornings and evenings are crisp while mid-day temps may reach into the 80°F range. In the mountains, it’s best to come prepared for anything!
Bike Shipping & Builds
Pack. Ship. Ride. It’s that simple with the BikeFlights / Sturtevant's dream team to take the hassle out of traveling with your bike. Use BikeFlights to ship your whip to one of our favorite local shops and Sturtevant’s will build it out so it's rider-ready when you roll into town.
After the event, drop your trusty steed off and they'll break it down, re-box, and ship it back to you. Participant is responsible for setting up and paying for shipping to and from the event. Bike builds can be purchased as part of your registration, or later on from our shop.
Travel and Lodging
Everything you need to know about getting here & getting around, via air or land, can be found at Visit Sun Valley. Nonstop flights into Hailey’s Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) are available from SLC, SEA, LAX, SFO & DEN. Flying into BOI (Boise International) is an economical option that leaves you with an easy, scenic 2.5hr drive to Sun Valley (rental cars or shuttles available from airport if you need to arrange ground transportation).
A plethora of housing options exist, from luxury estates to rustic campsites, concierge service to DIY self-reliance. Labor Day weekend is popular and packed in our valley, so as soon as you’ve registered to ride, booking travel and lodging should be your next priority.
Our host hotel, The Limelight, offers rooms & suites in the heart of downtown Ketchum. RPI participants receive a 25% discount for booking 3 nights or longer. Book your stay here or call the reservations department at (888) 218-3282 and mention code KRPI20.
If you have a group and you’re looking for a spacious condo or private home to stretch out, reserving a property through Natural Retreats may suit your needs. Use the code RPI150FF at checkout to receive 15% off your booking. Offer good for reservations made between September 2-8, 2020.
If camping is your thing, check out the Wood River Valley's camping options here.
If these don’t hit your sweet spot, try Visit Sun Valley for more options.
Plenty of options to quench your cravings and meet your pre-ride regimen. Shop for quality ingredients to prepare your own meals, nosh your way through local food trucks and favorite pubs or discover comfy, casual restaurants to satisfy your inner foodie.
From Bellevue to Ketchum, there are multiple eating establishments on every block, half a dozen grocery stores and, depending when you arrive, you might even catch one of the weekly farmers’ markets to load up on local goods. Let us know if you’re looking for specific recommendations. Otherwise, enjoy the hunt for your personal best-of-the-Valley.