Ketchum sits in a narrow valley in the mountains of Central Idaho on the banks of the Wood River at its confluence with Trail Creek. It was founded on August 2, 1880 as a remote mining town. In 1936, the Sun Valley Resort was developed just east of Ketchum, it began a transformation to the resort town that Ketchum is today. The streets of the town are lined with shops of every kind as tourists fill the streets.
Idaho Highway 75 serves Ketchum, following the Wood River Valley, and connecting it to Hailey to the south. It passes through Ketchum on a diagonal, heading northwest and southeast, and all the grid of streets is laid out parallel to it. Sun Valley Road intersects it at the center of town and heads northeast into Sun Valley.
Ski slopes cover the sides of the mountain on two sides of Ketchum. Bald Mountain is to the southwest of town, and Dollar Mountain to the east. The pattern of grassy ski slopes passing through the dark green of evergreen trees makes them easy to distinguish from a distance.
The elevation at Ketchum is 5,853 feet, and the population was 3,003 in the year 2000. The town has grown steadily since the 1970s.
Sun Valley Road