It’s a badge of honor
that comes with responsibilities

Friendliness and stewardship are a way of life here and we come together to take care of our community. 

There’s something addictive about life in these small towns of the Wood River Valley. And while I love the buzz and hustle of big cities, this place has been calling me home since the early Nineties. Or, should I say, I’ve been calling it home. This past year has brought us all back to a simpler life and there has never been a time when living in the Wood River Valley has felt more like the best decision I’ve ever made. But living in a community like this comes with commitments and responsibilities. 

The Wood River Valley is home to all walks of life and being a true “local” is a badge of honor. So what does it take to become a local in a valley filled with transplants? It takes kindness, mindfulness, grit and some good ol’ fashioned hard work. 

Riding out quarantine while living in a small town brought to light many of the reasons we all choose to live here. It also brought a lot of folks that don’t quite understand what it means to be a part of a tight-knit community. 

During quarantine most of us were still able to enjoy all the reasons we moved here. We all kept on hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing or whatever our passion was while most of the world was trapped inside. The access we all enjoy every day became a hot commodity for folks from all across the country. 

Friendliness and stewardship are a way of life here and we come together to take care of our community. Locals (new and old) take the responsibility of protecting the places we love and we welcome you to move or visit here, we just ask you to do the same. 

Mindfulness in the mountains is a community effort to teach, and sometimes remind, people how to safely and respectfully enjoy this ginormous playground. Make sure you are doing your part to keep our playground clean and never forget that this place is as dangerous as it is breathtaking. Whether you’re here for your first visit, returning for the 100th time or a new local, please make sure you’re up on what it means to be mindful in the mountains. 

Honestly, you have to really want to live here to make it work. And that’s the thing—nearly everyone who lives here has had to make sacrifices and hustle, really hustle, to make a life here. But the rewards are worth it. 

By Ann Harrison | Photo by Jenni Franklin

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