Sun Valley Rhythm and Ride festival

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 11, 2010 11:08 am

(Image: Zap Mama, a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (2.0) image from ed_welker’s photostream)

Sun Valley is gearing up for Rhythm and Ride later this month with a long weekend devoted to cyclists and music lovers.

The new valley wide event takes place June 23 to 27. The Sun Valley region offers biking at all levels on the region’s 700k of single-track trails, and an array of musical performances.

Zap Mama kicks it off at 7 p.m. Friday, June 25 at Hop Porter Park in Hailey.

Music begins at 3 p.m. Saturday June 26 at Festival Meadows in Sun Valley with House of Quist, Molly Venter, Pimps of Joytime, and Sambada playing in turn until 9 p.m.

Organized biking events include the Ketchum Cruiser Criterion, Sheep Town Fat Tire Rally, and the Sawtooth Century Tour.

The riding starts on Thursday, June 24, with the highlight Sawtooth Century Ride through the Idaho Mountains. It starts at the Elephant’s Perch in Ketchum, heading north to Alturas Lake, and finishes at the Festival Meadows in Sun Valley.

Sun Valley Resort itself offers nearly 28 miles of hiking and biking trails on Bald Mountain. Bald offers challenging uphill climbs and extreme downhill switchbacks with more than 3,000 vertical feet.

The 5-mile-long Sun Valley White Clouds hiking and biking trail offers a tamer ride beginning directly across the street from the Sun Valley Lodge entrance.

For more information about the festival, check out the link or call 866-305-9798.

Brief description and other reasons to visit Sun Valley this summer:

The mountains in Southern Idaho see over 250 days of sunshine each year. Despite the sunshine, cool temperatures prevail in the mountains with the average summer temperature at around 78 degrees.

The Sun Valley Resort nestles in the scenic Wood River Valley, bordering the larger town of Ketchum. Over time, the entire valley has acquired the accepted name, “Sun Valley.” The area is full of high-end art galleries, an active theatre circuit, summer festivals, and posh boutique stores.

The surrounding mountains yield endless outdoor recreation as well. Fishing, hiking, sightseeing, golf, rock climbing, horseback riding, paragliding, whitewater kayaking and river rafting, and bicycling. Sun Valley has many cabins, condominiums, hotels, and rental homes available throughout the area from different price ranges.

The Silver Creek Preserve lures anglers for its trophy fish. Stock up on locally made flies at one of the shops in town, and hire one of the many local outfitters to take you to some of the region’s legendary fishing holes.

(Image: short final; Sun Valley, Idaho, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from global-jet’s photostream)

Sun Valley Resort operates its lift on Bald Mountain for summer sightseeing, hiking, and mountain biking. Golfers enjoy playing at one of three award-winning courses. Bicyclists explore in over 30 miles of smooth trails along the Wood River Valley. Horseback riding groups lead single-day or multi-day trips into the mountains, or you can hire a guide to hike with llamas, too. The renowned Salmon River cuts through some of Idaho’s most remote mountains in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.

Explore grottoes, crash through big whitewater, and dip into natural hot springs along the Middle Fork on five-day trips. Single-day rafting trips tour the Salmon, too, with tame scenic floats to wild Class IV rapids.

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area sits just north of Sun Valley. Enjoy the drive over Galena Pass to see the dramatic, jagged spires line up across the sky. Forty of the peaks climb higher than 10,000 feet, and over 750 miles of trails cover the backcountry for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.

If you feel like embracing the outdoors this summer, then a Sun Valley vacation could be the perfect getaway for you.