Pursue Your Passions

Four great options for outdoor adventure and wellness in the Wood River Valley this spring

Article by Carol Waller

Photography by Carol Waller

Originally published in Boise Lifestyle

In Idaho, spring is a very special season on the annual calendar. With warmer days, new adventures await. Here are a few that are worth a weekend trip to the nearby Wood River Valley, home to the small towns of Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley, and Bellevue and surrounded by stunning mountain landscapes.

Wildflower Walks 

It’s a bounty of beauty when the wildflowers bloom at various parts of the valley during peak flowering season from April – July. Lower elevation hiking trails get blooms as early as April and the blooms continue through July in the higher elevations. Walking on mountain hillsides through fields of colorful mountain lupine, bright gold arrowleaf balsamroot, and many other gorgeous wildflowers, is an ‘awe’ inspiring experience.

Mountain Biking  

The valley is a mecca for mountain biking with over 450 miles of bike friendly single-track trails plus plenty of scenic gravel backcountry roads for those who prefer a different type riding. In the early spring, April and May, the best dry mountain biking trails are just outside of Hailey. Later in the spring and summer, the trails in the northern part of the valley open for all types of two wheeled adventuring.

Sun Valley Wellness Festival 

Ready for a fresh start on your journey to better health and wellness? Make plans to attend the Sun Valley Wellness Festival, an internationally recognized event that will celebrate its 25th anniversary, June 10-13, 2022. The event features a variety of pioneering presentations and workshops from top wellness experts an outdoor Experience Park showcasing live music, vendors, music, food, and movement classes, as well as unique outdoor wellness adventures. www.sunvalleywellness.org  

Silver Creek Fishing & Floating  

The 881-acreSilver Creek Preserve is one of the most spectacular natural places in the world. This unique spring fed creek is renowned for its blue-ribbon waters and fly fishers flock here to test their skills against the native trout that thrive in this pristine habitat. The calm, meandering creek is also a scenic place for floating and spotting many species of birds and wildlife including coyotes, bobcats and moose.

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