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Ketchum is located in Blaine County, just one mile from famous Sun Valley in central Idaho. As of the 2000 census, the population of Ketchum was 3,003 residents. The city draws visitors for its excellent fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, river rafting and skiing on Bald Mountain in Sun Valley. The elevation of downtown Ketchum is 5,853 feet. Its nestled on the banks of the Big Wood River at the base of Bald Mountain, surrounded by 9,000 foot mountain peaks. Many call this area of Idaho the "American Alps." The town of Ketchum began as a mining community during the boom of the 1880s. After the development of Sun Valley in 1936, it became popular among many celebrities, including author, Ernest Hemingway. Today, Ketchums economy is based on tourism. The town is also known as the gateway to the Sawtooth Recreation Area, and is filled with fine restaurants, art galleries, boutiques and great lodging. Each Labor Day, Ketchum hosts the Wagon Days Festival, which is an Old West themed event that features wagon trains and simulated street gunfights. The festivals parade is nicknamed the Big Hitch Parade and is the largest non-motorized parade in the west. Its most famous for its sixteen-team Big Wagon Hitch. Ketchum is also home to the Ernest Hemingway Festival.

Surrounding areas: Elkhorn Village, Idaho (2.3 mi), Sun Valley, Idaho (2.4 mi), Hailey, Idaho (12.8 mi)

Ketchum Vacation Rentals

Ketchum Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Alpenrose Hotel124 Saddle RdKetchum, ID (208) 726-5945
Bald Mountain Lodge151 Main St SKetchum, ID (208) 726-9963
Best Western Tyrolean Lodge260 CottonwoodKetchum, ID (208) 726-5336
Boulder Mountain Hotel600 Main St NKetchum, ID (208) 726-7998
Christopher Condo & Hotel351 2ND Ave SKetchum, ID (208) 726-5601
Clarion Inn - Sun Valley600 N MainKetchum, ID (208) 726-5900
Heidelberg Inn1908 Warmsprings RdKetchum, ID (208) 726-5361
Idaho Country Inn134 Latigo LnKetchum, ID (208) 726-5718
Knob Hill Inn960 Main St NKetchum, ID (208) 726-8010
Lift Tower Lodge703 Main St SKetchum, ID (208) 726-5163
Powderhorn Lodge300 Skiway DrKetchum, ID (208) 726-2342
Tamarack Lodge291 Walnut Ave NKetchum, ID (208) 726-3344
The Pinnacle Club Inn100 Lloyd DrKetchum, ID (208) 726-5700
The River Street Inn100 Riv St WKetchum, ID (208) 726-3611
Elkhorn Resort100 Elkhorn RdSun Valley, ID2.1 mi.(208) 622-4511
Wood River Inn603 North Main StHailey, ID11.9 mi.(877) 542-0600
Americinn Lodge & Suites51 Cobblestone LnHailey, ID12.0 mi.(208) 788-7950

Ketchum Weather & Climate

Southeastern Idaho has a four-season climate. The area's precipitation is approximately 20-30 inches, which is among the highest in southern Idaho. This unusually high precipitation is due to the unique geography of southern Idaho and Yellowstone. The Snake River Plain was formed by the Yellowstone hot spot across southern Idaho, and it forms a moisture channel that extends from the Pacific Ocean to Yellowstone area. This southeastern corner at the head of the Snake River Plain and at the end of the Yellowstone moisture channel gets as much snow as the typical ski towns of Colorado. In contrast, summers are hot and humidity is low throughout the state. Occasionally, moisture-laden air from the south produces thunderstorms.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 31°F 3°F 2.25 in. -
February 37°F 7°F 2.06 in. -
March 43°F 15°F 1.96 in. -
April 53°F 24°F 1.23 in. -
May 62°F 31°F 1.83 in. -
June 72°F 37°F 1.48 in. -
July 80°F 42°F 0.86 in. -
August 79°F 40°F 0.82 in. -
September 70°F 33°F 1.19 in. -
October 58°F 24°F 1.13 in. -
November 42°F 14°F 1.78 in. -
December 32°F 5°F 2.32 in. -

Ketchum Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Friedman Memorial airport (SUN) located about 13 miles south of Ketchum in Hailey, Idaho, the Arco Butte County airport (AOC) located approximately 52 miles east of Ketchum in Arco, Idaho, the Jerome County airport (JER) located roughly 66 miles south of Ketchum in Jerome, Idaho, and finally the Bruce Meadows airport (U63) located around 68 miles northwest of Ketchum in Stanley, Idaho.

Ketchum Attractions

Golf Courses
Bigwood Golf CourseKetchumID 
Warm Springs Golf CourseKetchumID 
Elkhorn Resort Sun ValleySun ValleyID1.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Sun ValleySun ValleyID1.4 mi.
Zoos and Aquariums
Tautphaus Park ZooIdaho FallsID118.2 mi.

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