Snowmobiling & Snowbiking

Yes, we have snowmobiling access here in Sun Valley, Idaho. Hundreds of miles of groomed trails are located within an hour radius of the Sun Valley area as well as an enormous swath of wide open backcountry. There is a special level of positive coexistence between the various user groups enjoying the access to the National Forest lands. We encourage you to continue this mutual relationship by being good stewards to the sport.

As a reminder, avalanche dangers exist out in the backcountry. Know before you go and be prepared with the proper equipment including a beacon, probe, shovel, partner and the knowledge on using the gear.

Access

Closest to Sun Valley is the Baker Creek zone, ten miles north of Ketchum, and the Wood River Recreation Area three miles west of Hailey. Off trail riding is available in designated areas. Information for these areas is available here.

Just over the Galena Summit in the Smiley Creek and Stanley area, riders will find 170 miles of groomed trail. Off trail riding is also available as are guided and non-guided trips. Snowmobile rentals and area information are available at Smiley Creek Lodge.

And finally there are 200 miles of trails and open play areas in the Fairfield region.

Snowmobilers should be aware that not all areas are open to off trail travel and it is recommended to consult the United States Forest Service Snowmobile Regulations for licensing, closures, and other important information. See the map on the right for what terrain is accessible to snowmobiles and timber sleds.


Backcountry Reporting

Know before you go. The Sawtooth Avalanche Center is dedicated to providing you with up-to-date snow pack information from the areas surrounding Sun Valley. On their site you’ll find recent snowfall history, avalanche ratings, backcountry observations and more.

Avalanche Report
    Road Report