- Downtown Bellevue is a mix of old and new, with many of the older structures been now housing unique specialty shops, galleries, bookstores, cafes and restaurants.
- With its location so close to the Sawtooth National Forest, there are many out door recreational opportunities in the Bellevue area.
Bellevue, Idaho was established in 1880 after discovery of the Minnie Moore mine. Since these humble beginnings as a mining town supplying all types of services and materials to the local miners, Bellevue is now a part of the thriving tourist industry in central Idaho – the focal point of which is Sun Valley.
As the gateway to both the Wood River Valley and Sun Valley, you will find Bellevue north of the junction of Interstate 84 and Highway 75 at a distance of approximately 60 miles. Bellevue is nestled in the southern end of the Wood River Valley.
Bellevue has all the small town friendliness combined with all the amenities of a mountain recreation area. You will find a nice mix of lodging facilities, places to eat and several shops for browsing. If you don’t mind driving a bit each day, Bellevue is a good location from which to base your exploration of the Wood River Valley.
With its location so close to the Sawtooth National Forest, there are many out door recreational opportunities in the Bellevue area. Your adventure in this area can begin in Bellevue. The Wood River Trail System is a pathway north. On this railroad bed which has been turned into a paved path, you can bike, hike, roller blade, ride horseback, or cross-country ski.
Downtown Bellevue is a mix of old and new, but with an eye to keeping the old western theme of the town. Many of the older structures have been restored and now house unique and specialty shops, galleries, bookstores, cafes and restaurants - to name just a few. The Wood River runs near the town and a picnic in the town park is a great way to take some time to relax.
Bellevue lies on Highway 75, 60 miles north of Twin Falls, Idaho and 16 miles south of Sun Valley. Traveling north from Bellevue on to Sun Valley, you will enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Wood River Valley and toward the beautiful Sawtooth Mountain Range. If you travel south of Bellevue, you will cross through high mountain desert covered with sagebrush and in the spring wildflowers.