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Ketchum is a small gem located in central Idaho, often thought of in conjunction with the nearby Sun Valley and Hailey. This beautiful area in the Wood River Valley is arguably Idaho's most famous, known to be the stomping ground for Hollywood elite and the rich and powerful. The city of Ketchum might be a tiny place in a big state, but it's nowhere near short on life. With just under 3,000 people, Ketchum is Idaho's quintessential small town. But the views are spectacular and unparalleled, just what you might expect from an area with high real estate values and a bounty of year round recreation. Ketchum is considered the gateway to the Sawtooth Recreation Area.
The Sawtooth Recreation Area is located within the Boise, Challis, and Sawtooth National Forests, and boasts some of the most postcard perfect images in the state. This generous area comprises an entire host of outdoor activities, including hunting, hiking, backpacking, white water rafting, camping, rock climbing, kayaking, and fishing. The Sawtooth Mountains are located here, Idaho's most famous mountain range, along with the White Cloud, Boulder, and Smoky mountains. You may have heard of the “river of no return,” the headwaters of the Salmon River. It's also located here in the pristine Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, the largest wilderness area in the continental U.S., which covers over 2.5 million acres. If you're looking for absolute seclusion, this is the place. This section of the Salmon is roadless for 80 miles and runs through the second deepest canyon in the U.S. It is very popular for whitewater rafting, and notorious for its swift currents.
Sun Valley Idaho
Ketchum Idaho shares the same valley beneath Bald Mountain as the adjacent Sun Valley, both rich in many of the same resources. Both communities sit in the world famous skiing hub where tourists from around the world come not only to ski, but to enjoy fishing, hiking, biking, trail riding, the arts & culture scene, and more.
The Sun Valley Visitor Center is located in Ketchum, and was recently renovated to become a community gathering place. It won the highly prestigious American Architecture Award for 2012, which operates on an international scale and works to honor new and cutting edge designs. This architectural icon in downtown Ketchum works perfectly at capturing the local landscape and has been the talk from locals and tourists alike.
Wood River Valley
The Wood River Valley is home to Ketchum, Bellevue, Hailey and Sun Valley, and with such strong ties to the tourism industry, it's much less agriculturally based than the nearby Magic Valley. The area typically experiences dry, sunny summers and mild, sunny winters with an average summer temperature of 77 and an average winter temperature of 33, with an annual snowfall between 100 and 150 inches. There's about 250 days of sunshine each year, with long sunny days perfect for the host of outdoor activities prevalent in the area.
The Wood River Valley provides the ultimate access to all this outdoor recreation, and for anyone who lives for adventure, there is no better place to be. The Wood River Valley and the city of Ketchum boasts luxury properties and estates, but with a limited inventory, opportunities are much more scarce than other areas. Our experts can help you navigate the market and provide access to the latest homes and properties for sale.
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