With that in mind, we chose a very simple RV park in Bellevue called Riverside RV Park (practically the same name as the last place) because it was low cost ($27/night), had full hook ups, pull-through sites, easy access to the Wood River Trail (a 33 mile paved trail that connects Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley), plus walking distance to a sweet little nature trail and a couple of restaurants. We also figured by staying slightly South of the mountain ranges there was a little less chance of a freeze if the weather changes.
|The Wood River flows outside our campground...seen here from the Wood River Trail at Boxcar Bend|
Our first day we drove up to Ketchum/Sun Valley to get a feel for the area. There is a lot less smoke here than we experienced in Boise. That is partly due to the winds lately and a little bit of rain that washed away some of the smoke (and hopefully helped the fire situation).
We did a short hike on the edge of Sun Valley to soak in the views and fall colors.
|The ravines between hills are filled with colorful aspen|
|Only the North side of the hills have conifers, most hillsides around here are covered |
in low, brown chapparal (foreground where Hans is walking)
|Taken from a ravine, here you can see the rolling chapparal covered hills in the background.|
It's clear and sunny and 75 degrees, with night time temps in the 40's, absolutely perfect! I would love to see the area in early summer when the hills must be green and loaded with flowers...guess we'll have to come back some time.