RPI SUN VALLEY: Travel and Lodging Tips
For those new to the area, “Sun Valley'' is our shorthand for the collective towns of the Wood River Valley. It's also the name of the first destination ski resort ever built in the United States, and Ernest Hemingway’s home for many years. The towns you’ll spend most time in are Ketchum (where RPI begins and ends) and Hailey, 11 miles to the south (where the airport sits). The Big Wood River runs through both. The area is also the ancestral home of the Shoshone-Bannock people.
The entire Sun Valley area is serviced by both air and ground transport. Hailey's airport (SUN) has flights from Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles via SkyWest and Alaska Airlines. Should you need more flights from which to choose, Boise International (BOI) is a 2.5-hour drive to Ketchum with shuttle or rental car options. SunValley.com and VisitSunValley.com have trip planning pages to help you fill in the blanks and flush out your options.
Where To Stay
As for the mint-on-the-pillow side of things, we reached out to our local hostelries to see if they wouldn’t sweeten the pot for our honored RPI guests. We’ve got some discounts listed below. Don’t wait too long, though. Ketchum is still a small town, and we’ve got a limited amount of beds, especially with Wagon Days Parade happening the same weekend. This is not some yokel event; it’s the biggest non-motorized parade in the country, and people come from all over just to take it in. On top of that, there’s a clean 1,100 miles of singletrack in the area, some of it in spitting distance of downtown.
Alpine Lodging is offering a 10% discount for bookings of at least three nights with the promo code RPI2022 and will donate 10% of all reservation revenue to the Be Good Foundation. This discount is valid for stays from May 1 to June 30, and from August 25 through December 15; nights must be booked before December 1. Click here to book your room online.
Hotel Ketchum is offering 20% off for all RPI guests; book online here to automatically apply your discount, or call 208-471-4716 and reference Rebecca's Private Idaho. A minimum stay of two nights is required, and cancelation is free if requested 30 days in advance.
Tamarack Lodge is offering 20% off for all RPI guests; book online here to automatically apply your discount, or call 208-726-3344 and reference Rebecca's Private Idaho. A minimum stay of two nights is required, and cancelation is free if requested 30 days in advance.
Camping is fairly abundant in the Sawtooth National Forest outside of town with designated campgrounds and dispersed camping. Because this is a holiday weekend, the regular campgrounds are full, but there is dispersed camping off almost every dirt road in the valley; almost all of these will be out of cell phone range, so be sure to allow enough time to drive around to find a spot.
Please don’t try any tent-pitching within city limits or you may find yourself booked in a different, less comfortable type of accommodation.
All national forest campgrounds should be open during the event weekend, though likely full; check www.recreation.gov for availability.
Knob Hill Inn: (208) 726-8010
960 North Main Street, PO Box 1327, Ketchum, ID 83340
Tamarack Lodge: (208) 726-3344
291 Walnut Ave, Sun Valley, ID 83353
Sun Valley Lodge: (855) 894-7906
Sun Valley Road
Kentwood Lodge: (208) 726-4114
180 S Main St, Ketchum, ID 83340
Wood River Inn: (877) 542-0600 or (208) 578-0600
Hotel is in Hailey, about 12 miles from downtown Ketchum.
Hotel Ketchum: (208) 471-4716
600 N. Main St, Ketchum, ID 83340
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Call or email the bike shop you are using to schedule your bike build. ***Do this before you ship your bike to assure they have room for your build.
Set up and pay shipping costs through BikeFlights.com, including return tag.
The bike shop will need to receive your bike a minimum of 1 week prior to the first day that you will be riding.
Call or email the bike shop you are using with the date your bike will be delivered along with all your contact information.
Schedule when you will return your bike with the shop. Make sure you have your shipping labels printed for them.
For more information, please call Sturtevants at 208-726-4501, or Idaho Cycle at 208-721-1089.
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