There’s just no bones about it, Sun Valley, Idaho is straight out of a doggie daydream, and a visit to this ski resort is just the lift you and your pawesome pal need! While this spot is renowned for its super slopes, you don’t have to be on skis to have an unfurgettable day here. Not only can this awe-inspiring area boast a famous clientele and a sustained arts scene, but it holds its own place in history as the site of both the world’s first chairlift and a U.S. Navy hospital during World War II.
Want to know what will really get tails wagging about this puptastic place? Sun Valley makes use of a "common sense law" in regard to dogs, so as long as you keep Fido under your control and always have a leash at hand, your darling dog is free to run off-leash on all the trails! In the winter months, the North and South Valley Trails even have options for you and Fido to do some Nordic skiing and snowshoeing!
If your beloved barker loves water just as much as they love walking, then you’ve got to try out the Wood River Trails that follow the blissful Big Wood River. Here, you can stroll together and sniff out the dog-friendly swimming holes. If you need a rest after all that running, Galena Lodge welcomes Fido to join you for a drink on their doggy deck!
Fancy an adventure? Take N Main Street onto Highway 75 and take a trip out of Ketchum. Follow the highway for 6 miles until you come to Forest Road -- turn left down here. A short spin down this road will bring you to the furrific Fox Creek Trailhead. This tremendous trek is a favorite among pooches and people alike, and it’s not hard to see why! This looped lap covers 5.8 miles and the mixed terrain allows for a smooth stroll along the Big Wood River and a hike on the sagebrush hillsides. The Chocolate Gulch Trail can also be accessed from the Fox Creek trailhead, and this is the pawfect place for whimsical walkies! You and Fido are sure to love stretching your legs on this 4.4-mile loop that meanders through meadows of wildflowers and an amazing alpine forest.
With many terrific trails to choose from, the Adam’s Gulch Area is a mutts-visit for any hike-loving hound! The Adam’s Gulch Trail system offers furever friends access to both short and long trails that range from easy to hard in difficulty ratings. Take Highway 75 north of Ketchum and follow signs for the trailhead, and you’ve got an afternoon of adventure ahead! The Adam’s Gulch Trail loop stretches out over 14 miles, but if that’s a bit much for your mutt, then Lane’s Sunnyside Trail is a 2.5-mile roundtrip, and Shadyside Trail is a short 1.5-mile stretch. The Adam’s Gulch Area also has lots of shaded spots and creeks to help keep your canine cool.
Any pupperific pair can have the doggone best day ever in Elkhorn! Follow Sun Valley Rd just north of Elkhorn and head for Hemingway Memorial Park, or follow signs for the Trail Creek Trailhead and you’ll have access to the top-notch trails in this area. The Trail Creek trail is a 1.5-mile walk that follows the flowing Trail Creek. This route is far from ruff and boasts spectacular sightseeing options. The Pioneer Mountains to the east are a vision in any season. If you’ve got a fit four-legged favorite to tire out, then the Proctor Mountain Trail is just the spot! This trail can also be accessed from Hemingway Memorial Park. This winding walk has an elevation gain of 1,600 feet, is 5 miles long, and has views that would take any barker's breath away.
Have you got a courageous canine who’s hoping to scale some sizeable mountains? Then you’ve got to head to River Run Lodge just outside of Elkhorn Village! Simply follow Elkhorn Rd to State Highway 75, turn right down 2nd Ave S, and then take Serenade Lane to the River Run base areas. Here you’ll find the tyke-friendly trails that let you hike the side of beautiful Bald Mountain! Whether you summit or not, this trail will gift you with unrivaled views of wondrous Wood River Valley. You can pick from the 16-mile Perimeter Trail or the Bald Mountain Trail that climbs 5 miles, to name just a few, and wherever you choose, you’ll get some panoramic shots of the Boulder, Pioneer and Smoky Mountain ranges.
If your furrific friend is looking for some strolls, sniffs, and socialization with other darling dogs, then you’d be barking mad to miss Ketchum Dog Park on Bald Mountain Road! This pawfect park was once a former golf course that has now become a haven for happy hounds. There’s ample grassy space for leash-free frolics and tall trees offering plenty of shaded spots. You don’t have to bring your own bags as there are many puppy poop stations that supply them dotted about, as well as trash cans for dumping. There is no separate area for smaller dogs, so if you’ve got a tiny tyke, make sure they’re okay playing with the big dogs!