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Sun Valley Idaho – Family Fun Activities

Sun Valley Idaho family activities

Most people know Sun Valley Resort offers world renowned snow skiing. But, for those in the know…..it truly shines as a mountain getaway for a summer family adventure.

The Ketchum & Sun Valley area is like Disneyland for the active outdoor family. Miles of paved bike paths connect dozens of outdoor activities guaranteed to match your family’s adventurous expectations. Not to mention the plethora of activities in the surrounding mountains. Sun Valley Resort is the perfect luxurious home base to explore the rugid Boulder, White clouds, Smokey and Sawtooth Mountains.

Few destinations offer such a wide variety of family friendly activities all while enjoying the relaxed pace and high end amenities of this rocky mountain town.

Here are just a few of the family friendly adventures found in the Stanley, Ketchum/Sun Valley Area

Stanley, Idaho- The Ultimate Family Destination

Lately I find myself explaining to potential clients across the globe why Stanley, Idaho is such a great family destination.

First, in an effort to offer full transparency… I not only make my lively hood catering to family’s adventurous desires, but I am also the Stanley Chamber of Commerce President. So if you are wondering if I am biased? Well… Yes, but I can also validate my opinion.

Like many of my clients I am always looking to exceed last years family vacation. To my wife’s dismay, I am a 34 year old kid. I love to play outside and can rival any 12 year old’s appetite for fun and adventure. I appreciate the common comforts, but also seek unique off-the-beaten-path locals that host a variety recreational opportunities, all while being safe and relaxing. I love finding a place that should be the next Jackson Hole or Moab… But is lucky enough to be overlooked by the development monster.

Stanley is a very unique place. It is like no other place in the world with its amazing rivers, endless trails, hundreds of mountain lakes and a variety of natural hot springs. No other town can boast such a magical confluence of the Sawtooth Mountains (American Alps) and the Salmon River of No return (longest free flowing river in the US) all smack dab in the middle of the largest wilderness in the United States.

Families can raft the Salmon, hike the Sawtooths, explore Redfish Lake, bike smooth singletrack, ride a horse through the wilderness, fish for trout and soak in natural hotsprings. All while enjoying a variety historic lodges, mountain ranches, riverside cabins, restaurants and shops.

Give us a call if you need help planning a vacation in this amazing valley. 1.866.774.4644

New Stanley Chamber of Commerce Website

As the President of the Stanley/Sawtooth Chamber of Commerce I am very excited to announce the new Stanley, Idaho Chamber website. This new and powerful site will serve as a useful tool for visitors planning an adventure in this magical valley.

The new Stanley Idaho Blog will offer area businesses a great opportunity to highlight special events, sales and promotions.

Stanley, Idaho is an amazingly unique, off-the-beaten path Rocky Mountain destination that should be on every persons list who seeks out beautiful and wild places.

The Salmon River and the Sawtooth Mountains merge in this vast valley to create one of the most picturesque mountain towns in the West.

Remember, the absolute best view of the Sawtooths and Stanley is from a raft on our scenic float trips through the valley.

Salmon River Guides kick off the Idaho White Water Rafting Season

While we are loving Stanley, Idaho’s cool, wet spring conditions. SAC guides have been taking advantage of Utah’s warm desert canyons. Cataract Canyon is a great way to kick it off the rafting season. Some of the largest rapids on the entire Colorado River are found deep within Cataract. Now add 30,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) of water and you have some stomping whitewater.

Photos: Beach-front accommodations at the Rio Colorado, SAC guides Jenna and Johnny keep’n it real, Thomas, Matt & Greg.

This week the SAC Crew will head north to join me on Sawtooth Adventure Company’s Annual Training Trip. We will run Idaho’s Salmon River of No Return at what could be very high flows. During this 6-day training course SAC guides will receive a refresher on River Rescue, Wilderness First Aid, Emergency Protocol, Area History, and all of the SAC systems. The entire week is a team building experience and an invaluable tool towards employing hard working, happy, fun, smart and safe guides for the 2009 rafting season

The season kicks off this week. Stay tuned for regular updates, announcements, and a glimpse of what its like to live, work & play in Stanley, Idaho and on Idaho’s Main Salmon River

Unlike the economy, the snow pack and weather conditions could not be better. It is going to be a great summer for rafting on the Salmon River