Hailey, located 11 miles south of neighboring communities Ketchum and Sun Valley, lies in the midst of the lovely Wood River Valley and in the heart of the central Idaho Rockies. Hailey is about 160 miles east of Boise, the state's capital. The Wood River Valley is in Blaine County, at the edge of the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests. Almost surrounded by U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands, the valley's heart is the Big Wood River. 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. The population is close to 7,000 and Hailey enjoys the tag line: "Idaho's hometown in the mountains".
Idaho is called the "whitewater state" because of our abundance of world class rivers that attract whitewater river runners. Just north of Hailey is the whitewater town of Stanley. It takes a little over an hour to drive the beautiful Sawtooth Scenic By-Way for a day of fun on the Salmon River.