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StoryWalk® Begins on Wood River Trail

Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) is collaborating with Hailey Public Library and The Community Library to bring StoryWalk® to the Wood River Trail. On Bike to School and Work Day, Wednesday, May 17, through Sunday, May 21, Blaine County Recreation District, Hailey Public Library, and The Community Library will present StoryWalk® on the Wood River Trail. This distinctive, family oriented event merges outdoor enjoyment with reading, providing an engaging experience. The children’s books Moon Rope and Cuckoo by Lois Ehlert will be posted page-by-page in English and in Spanish, to be viewed while walking or biking along the Wood River Trail. These bilingual books have beautiful illustrations to be enjoyed by all ages.

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Wood River Trails Coalition Trail Season Kick-Off Party

JOIN US FOR A TRAIL SEASON KICK-OFF PARTY! AT THE ELEPHANT’S PERCH JUNE 1ST 5:00 – 7:00 PM Come celebrate the beginning of the 2023 trail season with us! NEW and renewing members get a free MiiR cup filled with beer and 20% off at Elephant’s Perch (night of only). Food will be available for purchase from La Parilla food truck.

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Biking, What We're Made Of

What We’re Made Of: Wood River Trails Coalition

Originally founded in 2011 under the name the Wood River Bike Coalition, the Wood River Trails Coalition (renamed so in 2019) is a non-profit trail stewardship organization working to create, maintain and sustain the Wood River Valley’s network for all users. With so many locals and visitors alike using the trails for walking, hiking, biking, and enjoying with dogs and horses, trails in the area take a pretty good beating every year. According to the Wood River Valley Trail Study from 2012, the Ketchum Ranger District of the Sawtooth National Forest alone sees over 90,000 user days annually, 35,000 of those being visitor user days. Harsh winters mean that trails need even more maintenance after the snow melts to ensure they are up to snuff for summer outdoor enthusiasts. It is with the help of the Wood River Trails Coalition that this is made possible. Partnerships With more than 500 miles of single-track trails for various uses, land management agencies are tasked with the job of maintaining this vast area. Without predictable annual funding to pay for a proper trail crew to maintain current trails and begin projects on new ones, the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management have a difficult …

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Wood River Trail (the bike path)

The Wood River Trail (WRT) is a 20+ mile paved, multi-use, year-round path that provides a non-motorized connection between the Wood River Valley communities of Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley.  The WRT, known to locals as “the bike path,” enhances the quality of life in the Wood River Valley allowing residents and visitors to connect with history and the outdoors through running, biking, walking, and skiing along the trail. The Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) grooms the Wood River Trail in the winter for Nordic skiers and provides FREE access to this resource for all users.

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Arts & Culture, Fall

What Not to Miss at the 27th Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Aside from the brilliant transitioning leaves, The Trailing of the Sheep Festival is the highlight of Sun Valley’s fall season. Celebrating sheep and sheep herding traditions, Trailing of the Sheep offers a unique glimpse in to a part of Idaho’s past. Five days of dancing, music, wool classes, lamb dinners, sheep dog trials, and the famous Big Sheep Parade will tantalize the spectrum of senses.

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24hrs with a Local, Biking

24 Hours with a Local: Trailhead Bicycles Owners Kyle Wies and Andy Solomon

After several years of working for Fitzgerald’s Bicycles in Victor, Jackson, and Idaho Falls, friends and business owners Kyle Wies and Andy Solomon—and Andy’s wife, Erin—decided to open their own bike shop in Hailey after seeing a hole in the market for a year-round bike shop. The two met at Fitzgerald’s in 2015 when Andy bought a fat bike from Kyle—two years later, Andy was working there too. They opened Trailhead Bicycles in April 2022 and have been busy ever since. Andy and Kyle live fairly opposite lives: Andy and Erin are parents to their 6-year-old daughter, Finley, and shop dog 11-year-old Elliott (if you’ve been in the shop, you’ve likely seen this huge, loveable guy) who all live in Woodside. When not on the bike, Andy and the family can be found outdoors doing it all—lake days, paddle boarding, hiking, and biking, of course. Kyle lives by himself in Ketchum, commuting daily to Hailey by biking on the bike path or reading on the bus. Kyle’s a big runner and reader when he’s not biking, and the two friends also like to get together to watch soccer. Assuming the trails are dry and ready for biking (a bit of …

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Wood River Valley Climate Action Coalition’s Earth Fest

We celebrate national Earth Day with a fun-filled day of events focused on solutions we all can take to slow global warming. Inside and outside at Hailey Town Center West, we have individuals and groups bringing in games, the Boise State Dark Sky Planetarium, food, raffles, composting, tool sharpening, landscaping tips, electric bikes and a riding etiquette and safety challenge for all electric alternatives and much, much more. ​At 10:00AM, we will also be hosting an Earth Day 5K Road Race/ Fun Run starting and ending at Town Center West. The whole course will be on neighborhood streets this year due to expected river flooding and wet trails. Adults $20. Students $10. Bring a friend! Bring the whole family! Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, women’s and men’s awarded at 10:45! Dogs are welcome (on leash only).

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27th Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Sheep have been trailing through the Wood River Valley of Idaho for well over a century and are an integral part of Idaho’s heritage. Each fall the iconic Trailing of the Sheep Festival honors the 150+ year annual tradition of moving sheep (‘trailing’) from high mountain summer pastures down through the Valley to traditional winter grazing and lambing areas in the south. This annual migration is living history and the focus of a unique and authentic Festival that celebrates the sheep, herders, history, food, arts, cultures, and traditions of Idaho’s sheep ranching families, highlighting the principal contributors – the Basques, Scottish and Peruvians. The five-day Festival includes nonstop activities in multiple venues – history, folk arts, a Sheep Folklife Fair, lamb culinary offerings, a Wool Festival with classes and workshops, music, dance, storytelling, championship Sheepdog Trials and, the always entertaining, Big Sheep Parade with 1,500 sheep hoofing it down Main Street in Ketchum. Festival Highlights include: Big Sheep Parade – Sunday at Noon with 1,500 sheep trailing down Main Street in Ketchum Championship Sheepdog Trials featuring over 110 of the county’s most talented border collies and their handlers competing for top awards Sheep Folklife Fair featuring the Basque, Scottish, and …

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Women’s History Month: Early Women of the Wood River Valley

For the second week of Women’s History Month, we are honoring four women who have shaped the history and heritage of Sun Valley. These ladies have all had an impact on the Wood River Valley, dating back to before the establishment of the ski resort and through its early years.  Two of these women were integral in establishing the Community Library in 1955. They, along with 14 other trailblazing women, “founded the Community Library Association, a privately-funded, privately-governed public library to encourage intellectual and creative adventures in the remote mountains of central Idaho,” (ComLib). All four women contributed to the pioneer spirit of the Valley, fostering a momentum for woman-led innovation that is alive to this day. Marge Brass Heiss 1910-2007 Marge Brass Heiss, daughter of Ernest Brass, was born in Caldwell, Idaho in 1910. She moved to Ketchum two years later when her father bought what became known as the Brass Ranch until the family sold the land to the Union Pacific in 1936. He traded 3,888 acres for $39,000, and Sun Valley was born. In fact, Marge, along with her sister Roberta, gave a tour of their ranch property to Count Felix Schaffgatsch. Within a few months of …

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Biking, Hiking, Spring, Summer

Locals Guide to Sun Valley’s Trails

With over 400 miles of trails spread across the Wood River Valley, from Bellevue all the way up north to Galena Lodge, it’s hard to know where to start. The area’s extensive, multi-use trails are fit for all kinds of recreation—biking, hiking, trail running, and horseback riding. Whether you’re new to the area or just new to the trails, there are some great starter trails in Hailey, mid-valley, and Ketchum. We talked to Sara Gress, the Executive Director of the Wood River Trails Coalition which works to create, maintain, and sustain the Valley’s network of trails to get her take on the best spots to try first. Hailey Sara: You have to ride Croy because it’s super fun for biking. The Two Dog Loop [6.7 miles] is fun and flowy, and you get some good views of the Pios, but it’s not butt-puckering. And it’s still enjoyable enough that if you’re an advanced rider, it’s still a really good ride. It’s a good place to hone your skills. I ride out there because it’s enjoyable and it’s not scary. People hike and trail run the trails out Croy and even ride horses sometimes too. Also try: Quigley Trails Park which …