Insider's Guide to Traveling by Bike in Beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho

For the best in Rocky Mountain leisure, world class outdoor recreation for people of all ages, and small town charm, head to Sun Valley, Idaho for your next vacation. And don't forget your bike.

Where’s Sun Valley? If you’re not a skier or devout Hollywood historian, you probably have no clue.

Sun Valley: 43.6806° N, 114.3428° W.

Why? It’s a resort nestled in the northern Rocky Mountains, which rose to fame as the place for the movie moguls of the forties and fifties to spend glamorous winter ski vacations.

But the area plays host to more than just the resort today, and there are plenty of reasons this place should be on your map. It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s playground boasting world class climbing, fishing, paragliding, kayaking, and of course biking.

Where To Go

Play at Galena Lodge, which sits at the valley headwaters and traces it’s roots back to the mining days of the 1800s. It’s a local favorite for pristine XC and backcountry skiing, but it’s claim to fame may be hosting mountain bike races since the early days of the sport, including John Tomac’s national title way back in 1988.

Eat at Powerhouse, the perfect place to go if you’re into good burgers, beers and bikes.

Sounds perfect, right? Combining a range of organic and grown local ingredients with boutique bike sales and service, you really can’t go wrong. And in June, they host a bike pyrotechnic show called the Sheeptown Drag Race.

Best Bike Shop

Rolling bike shops are all the rage these days, but no one’s been at it longer than Mobile Cycle Repair (MCR). For over ten years, they’ve been the valley’s local go-to, on-the-go bike service solution. Got a problem with your bike when you’re in town? Call them.

Have a Local Beer

After a day spent sampling all this outdoor paradise has to offer, you’re liable to work up a powerful thirst. No better way to quench that than with a local brew… or two. The Sawtooth Brewery can wet your whistle with a whole host of Idaho local beers.

Things to know:

  • The Sun Valley area consists of the towns of Ketchum and Sun Valley in the north, and Hailey and Bellevue to the south.

  • The area boasts over 400 miles of the best singletrack mountain biking on earth!

  • There’s over 25 miles of paved bike paths connecting the towns in the valley.

  • Ketchum has a bike share program in the summer months to provide tourists and locals an easy, convenient transportation option to get around town.

  • Idaho allows bikers to roll through stop sign intersections as long as they safely yield to other traffic.

Bonus points if you ride your bike in winter, or show up at the lifts with your skis on your bike. Pro tip: studded tires can save your bacon on icy days. Don’t leave home without them.