What is the Difference Between Sun Valley and Ketchum?

Ahh yes, the age old question!

Often referred to interchangeably, Ketchum and Sun Valley are indeed two different cities, zip codes, etc! However, Ketchum and Sun Valley share an intimate connection, with Ketchum acting as the gateway to Sun Valley as well as the location of the Sun Valley Resort ski area of Bald Mountain.

Sun Valley, renowned as a world-class resort destination, sits just northeast of Ketchum. Known for it’s upscale amenities and luxurious offerings, the breathtaking Sun Valley Resort is a major draw, attracting tourists, celebrities, varied events and conferences, and locals alike.

Ketchum offers a bit more variety when it comes to dining options and shopping, creating more of a mountain-town vibe rather than resort living.

Needless to say, both cities provide a long list of recreational activities from downhill and nordic skiing, bike paths, hiking trails and more.

For those looking to purchase real estate, Sun Valley properties can include resort amenities making short term rentals abundant. Meanwhile Ketchum offers easy access to all the town has to offer including Bald Mountain.

While Sun Valley and Ketchum are indeed different, there is no doubt you will spend time in both locations during your visit to the Wood River Valley. Stop by the Sun Valley Lodge for a drink and live music at the Duchin Lounge before heading into Ketchum for dinner and some nightlife!

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