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Getting to Sun Valley

You have imagined a trip to Idaho’s mountains for years. Your summer trip might include hiking endless trails, a picnic while listening to the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, or 9 holes of golf at the White Clouds. An adventure in the winter might involve skiing Warm Springs Face on Baldy, snowshoeing at the Sun Valley Nordic Center, or a sleigh ride to dinner at Trail Creek Cabin. You have explored the perfect vacation rental property because staying in a hotel just won’t cut it. You have perused what to do in and around town. You are on your way – but, are you? Traveling to Sun Valley can be easier than you think. Here is what we know.

The Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) in Hailey is a quick 15 minutes from Ketchum and Sun Valley, Idaho. Since 1932, SUN has served the resort communities of the Wood River Valley with scheduled commercial flights starting in August 1960. And, we are so glad they did! Airlines servicing the SUN airport are Alaska, Delta, and United Airlines. There are non-stop flights from major hubs: Portland (PDX), Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Chicago (ORD), and Denver (DEN). Boise International Airport (BOI) and Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) also offer flights to Sun Valley. Whether booking a connecting flight or a direct flight from a major hub, getting to Sun Valley just gets easier and easier. While some flights are offered year-round, some are seasonal. It is best to check with the airlines well ahead of time, so you are good to go.

To check for flight delays or diversions, call the Sun Valley Weather Hotlines:

  • Alaska 1-208-788-1281 ext. 4 - Call six hours before departure. Diverted flights will go to Boise (BOI).
  • United 1-208-401-9259 - Call four hours before departure time. Diverted flights will go to Twin Falls (TWF).
  • Delta 1-208-401-9259 - Call four hour before departure. Diverted flights will go to Twin Falls (TWF).


For more information on weather diversions, click here.

What if you like to drive? You can do that too! Folks do fly to Boise, Salt Lake, or the Magic Valley Regional Airport (TWF) in Twin Falls. And, rental car options are endless. Whether driving I-84 from Salt Lake, north on Highway 75 from Twin Falls, or meandering the mountain pass from Boise, you will be surrounded by views, views, views. But, be careful. Depending on the time of year, there could be wildlife crossing, snow storms moving in, or snow drifts closing roads. Stay aware of road closures, construction, and conditions. Check in with Idaho Transportation Department Highway Information at their website .

Prefer to sit back and enjoy the ride as a passenger? You can! Traveling with Sun Valley Express between Sun Valley and Boise is relaxing and carefree in both winter and summer. Pick up and drop off locations range from Boise’s Airport, and Sun Valley Lodge to the Hailey Post Office. Reserving passage ahead of time is best. Fares start at $80 for children (under 12 traveling with an adult) and $90 for adults. 2 standard pieces of luggage plus one additional item – can’t leave the skis at home – are allowed per passenger. Additional items could cost more. Visit their website for more information or call 208-576-7381.

If you are a creature of ultimate comfort, Idaho Towncar offers safety, first class service, and door to door transportation from Boise to Sun Valley and back. Choose from their fleet of SUV’s, Sprinter vans, or town cars. They even house a few vintage Bentleys and Rolls Royces. A stop at their website will tell you more. Visit their website or call 208-867-6900.

See….getting here is easier than you thought. Are you counting the days until you arrive? We bet you are!