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Top Things To Do in Sun Valley

The History of Sun Valley

Sun Valley is a small city located in Blaine County, Idaho.  But the term “Sun Valley” is more widely used to describe the surrounding region including the Sun Valley Resort, the ski areas of Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain, the nearby City of Ketchum, and the Wood River Valley which extends to Hailey and Bellevue.  It became popular in the 1930’s when the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper frequented the area.

Prior to tourism, the area was a thriving mining and smeltering community.  After mining operations subsided, the area turned to sheep herding.  With the arrival of the railroad, the Sun Valley resort opened, and the area has been catering to tourists ever since.

I only spent a limited amount of time in Sun Valley and the surrounding area ten years ago while on a year long road trip in VANilla.  I have now returned in VANgo and really enjoyed staying in and exploring the area.