Fall in Love with Sun Valley

The unofficial end-of-summer is just around the corner but there is still so much happening in vibrant Sun Valley. Enjoy a long weekend in Central Idaho with these unique family-friendly activities.

Wagon Days | September 3rd – 5th, 2021
Celebrate the old west with Ketchum’s biggest cultural and historic event! Head to Main Street and watch the largest nonmotorized procession in the West during Sun Valley's Wagon Days. This multi-day celebration of Idaho's rich history recollects on the days before railroads and automobiles with antique fairs, cowboy poets, meandering musicians, and of course the Big Hitch Parade.

Rebecca’s Private Idaho Bike Race | September 1st – 5th, 2021
Natural Retreats is a proud sponsor of Rebecca’s Private Idaho, a gravel bike race throughout the best routes in Sun Valley designed to showcase the area’s incredible scenery. Ride with mountain bike endurance champion Rebecca Rusch and support the Be Good Foundation while you ride. From the smashing climbs for experienced riders in the four-day Queen's Stage Race to the introduction to gravel riding in the Tater Tot 20 miler, RPI Sun Valley has something for every level that will be sure to reward your hard work with stunning views and hometown hospitality.

Photo Credit: Michael Edminster

Trailing of the Sheep Festival – October 6-10, 2021
Recognized as one of the “Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World” by msn.com, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival is a unique annual Sun Valley event celebrating sheepherding, history, culture, and food. For the past 25 years, sheepherding, history, culture, and food, have been the focus of the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival held each fall in the Sun Valley area of Idaho and recognized as one of the “Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World” by msn.com.. The five-day Festival includes nonstop activities in multiple venues - history, folk arts, a Sheep Folklife Fair, lamb culinary offerings, a Wool Festival with classes and workshops, music, dance, storytelling, championship Sheepdog Trials and, the always entertaining, Big Sheep Parade with 1,500 sheep hoofing it down Main Street in Ketchum.

Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival – October 13-17, 2021
The annual Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival celebrates a history of jazz music with live performances. The festival was birthed out of a love and appreciation for jazz music by Tom & Barbara Hazzard and is held mid-October each year at the Sun Valley Inn in Sun Valley, Idaho. The names that ring through eternity—Armstrong, Ellington, Fitzgerald, Beiderbecke, Goodman, Holliday, Basie, Shaw, Miller, and so many more—have created a legacy of delight that lives on through those of us who participate in this jazz festival.

Endless Opportunities to Play in the Mountains

Having Natural Retreats by your side means you can spend less time organizing your vacation and more time enjoying it. We know that each and every member of your crew has their own idea of fun, so let us provide some of our favorite things to do in the mountains.

Fly Fishing
Hook some trout at Warm Springs Creek, Silver Creek, The Big Lost River, The Big Wood River, or Copper Basin - home to loads of rainbows, browns, brooks, and cutthroats. For salmon and steelhead, the headwaters of the Salmon River are just an hour’s drive to the north.

Bike Rides
The Sun Valley vibe is all about enjoying nature and the community – and peddling around town or through stunning scenery is one of the best ways to do just that. Race on two wheels down Bald Mountain, which is lift-accessible, or explore the town of Ketchum on a leisurely ride along its bike-friendly roads. Pack a picnic for an al fresco mountain lunch.

Horseback Riding
Pretend you are in one of Grandpa’s old Westerns while riding on horseback with beautiful Sun Valley as the backdrop. See why Sun Valley is permeated by a rich history of horsemanship, and ride into the beautiful Challis National Forest or the trails of Dollar Mountain. There are a variety of experiences from which to choose, like guided 1-hour rides or dinner rides to backcountry camps.

Sun Valley Retreats Ideal for Summer & Fall

Sun Valley Crown Ranch

Villa Court 14

Crown Ranch
Located in Elkhorn Village, a golf community two miles from Sun Valley Resort’s Dollar Mountain, Crown Ranch 4 offers all that Sun Valley has to offer. Reminiscent of a Western lodge, the two-level home welcomes guests to a two-story great room with a wall of windows revealing aspen trees and mountains in the distance.

Villa Court 14
This charming townhouse lies in the quiet Elkhorn development, just 4 minutes from the Elkhorn Golf Club and nearby chairlift, and less than 10 minutes from the Sun Valley Resort base area. Nestled on manicured grounds with South-facing mountain views, the three-level home boasts lots of natural light.

Harriman Cottage

16 White Cloud

Harriman Cottage
A Captivating historic Cottage with majestic views, Harriman Cottage is located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, a short walk away from Sun Valley Village, and with stunning views of Bald Mountain. Originally built to Averell Harriman’s specifications, the Harriman Cottage was reconstructed in 2004. Exquisitely furnished, this 3,025 square-foot luxury house has 5 bedrooms and 5 baths on the main floor, designed around a large, sunny, central dining and living room.

16 White Cloud

This 3-bedroom 3.5 bath townhome is located next to the beautiful Trail Creek & White Cloud golf course, across the street and just minutes from the Sun Valley resort and downtown Ketchum. The main living area of the home is on the second floor, with high vaulted ceilings, great gas fireplace, and beautiful décor throughout the home. The living area opens to the large patio area with large sliding glass doors. The patio features outside dining, gas grill, an outdoor fireplace, and a private hot tub.