Hailey, Idaho Historic Walking Tour


The story of Hailey, Idaho, is a story of resilience and perseverance.  From its earliest days the citizens of Hailey have faced obstacles and adversity and worked together to overcome them. At the same time, Hailey people have displayed the ability to strike a sensible balance between work and play. 


The city of Hailey, aka, “Idaho’s Hometown in the Mountains”, is situated in the heart of the Sun Valley area amidst the majestic Central Idaho Rockies. The community lies at the edge of the Sawtooth and Challis National Forest and is surrounded by wild, public lands. 

The Big Wood River, meanders its way through the Valley right next to the western edge of the city of Hailey. Hailey is also where the Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) is located. Friedman Memorial is the closest airport to Sun Valley and accommodates non-stop commercial flights from 6 major cities as well as private and chartered aircraft.



»    Hailey is 11 miles south of the resort towns of Ketchum and Sun Valley,  and 160 miles east of Boise, the state’s capital. View a Hailey map here

»    With a population of 8,000, Hailey is the largest community in the Sun Valley area and home to a diverse mix of residents. View the Sun Valley/Wood River Valley map here.
Map courtesy of E.B. Phillips of haileyidaho.com

»    The main route into town is State Highway 75 off U.S. 20 to the south. The nearest interstate freeway is I-84 to the south. View Hailey's surrounding area here. Map courtesy of E.B. Phillips of haileyidaho.com