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All you need to know about Sunday River Resort in the summer

May 1, 2017

Press Release

Media Contact Information
Darcy Lambert
Director of Communications

Sunday River Resort
P.O. Box 4500
15 South Ridge Road
Newry, ME 04261
207-824-3000 (phone)
207-824-5110 (fax)

Resort Contact Information
General: or 207-824-3000
Lodging Reservations: 800-543-2754
Real Estate: 800-207-5051 

Summer Season
Sunday River's Mountain Park operates daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 29 through July 4, then Thursday through Sunday from July 4 through Labor Day, and Saturday and Sunday from Labor Day through Columbus Day. Please note all activities will be closed to the public during the River Rock Festival on July 7 & 8, and the Mountain Bike Park, Zipline Tours, and Disc Golf will be closed on July 29 for the Tough Mountain Challenge. The Mountain Bike Park will open at 11:30 a.m. on July 30.

Sunday River Resort boasts one of Maine's most spectacular natural playgrounds with ample excursions for the true adventurist and just as many ways to relax. Located in the Western Mountains of Maine, just five miles from the quintessential New England village of Bethel, the resort sits on nearly 11,000 acres of land, including eight interconnected mountain peaks perfect for hiking, mountain biking, scenic lift rides, and zipline tours. Couples flock to Sunday River to share their "I dos" with loved ones, while families find it to be their perfect escape from the city heat. Spa-goers can relax at the resort's two spas, while golf enthusiasts are always in awe of the wide open fairways at the award-winning Sunday River Country Club.

Sunday River is located 1.5 hours from Portland, Maine; 3 hours from Boston; and 1 hour from North Conway, New Hampshire. 

By the Numbers
Sunday River Base Elevation (South Ridge)-500 feet (152.4 meters)
Sunday River Summit Elevation-3,140 feet (957.1 meters)
Vertical Rise-2,340 feet (713.23 meters)
Designated Downhill Mountain Bike Trails-20 miles (32 kilometers)
Designated Hiking Trails-12 miles (19.31 kilometers)

Sunday River Mountain Park
The Sunday River Mountain Park, named Editors' Choice for "Best Mountain Playground" by Yankee magazine in 2015, is home to mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, zipline tours and twin zips, a bungee trampoline, climbing wall, and new for 2017-an 18-hole disc golf course extending from the top of North Peak to the bottom of South Ridge. All summer activities are weather dependent.  

Sunday River Adventure Pass
An Adventure Pass is an all-day unlimited access pass to the Mountain Park's most sought after activities, including scenic lift rides, twin ziplines, bungee trampoline, and climbing wall.

Ages 13 & older: $25
Ages 6-12: $22
Military*: $20
*Military rates are valid for Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Retired Service Personnel plus one immediate family member. Military ID is required.

L.L.Bean Adventures
*L.L.Bean Outdoor Discover Schools programming is not included in an Adventure Pass.
Sunday River is proud to host the only L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools program not located at an L.L. Bean retail location. L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools at Sunday River is open to the public starting June 5 and offers beginner and group lessons in archery, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and new this summer, stand-up paddleboarding yoga. Courses are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through August 17; times and cost vary by course. 

  • Archery Discovery Course (80 min.) $25
  • Kayaking Discovery Course (90 min.) $25
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding Discovery Course (80 min.) $25
  • Stand-up Paddleboarding Yoga Course (80 min.) $25
  • Solo Kayak Tour (3 hrs.) $59

Sunday River Bike Park
Sunday River is home to nearly 20 miles of lift-serviced downhill mountain bike terrain, ranging from the all-out crazy descents to more mellow flow trails. The resort's Mountain Bike School, located out of the South Ridge Lodge, offers 90-minute adult and junior (10-12 years old) lessons for riders just starting out or looking to take their skills up a gear. Lessons and rental packages are available through the Mountain Bike School.  

For those riders looking to school themselves, Sunday River Sports, also located in the South Ridge Lodge, carries the latest adult and junior downhill mountain bike equipment from Specialized. Rental packages are $80 for the full-day use of a full-suspension mountain bike. 

Bike Park Lift Tickets, Season Passes, Rentals, and Bike School 
*Access to Sunday River Bike Park not included in an Adventure Pass.

2017 Lift Tickets
Adult (13 years and older): $35
Junior (12 years and younger): $20
Trail Access Only (no lift service): $10

2017 Season Passes
Adult (13 years and older): $269*
Junior (12 years and younger): $139*  
*2017-18 season passholders receive a discount

Mountain Bike School (90-Minute Clinics)
Adult (13 years and older): $69
Junior (12 years and younger): $59

Downhill mountain bike rentals: $80

New! Electronic Bikes

New this summer, rent from eight Specialized Levo E-Bikes and let the bike's attached motor assist your muscles. A half day rental is $35.

Zipline Tours
*Zipline Tours not included in a Sunday River Adventure Pass.
Sunday River's Zipline Tour offers the perfect all thrills, no skills activity for guests looking to try something new. Two-hour tours take participants across six separate ziplines ranging from 100 to 300 feet in length; Sunday River's 750-foot parallel twin zips back to the South Ridge base area rounds out the tour. Tours are located in hidden sections of the resort's forest and are $59 for juniors and $69 for adults. Reservations are required, (800) 543-2754. Height and weight restrictions apply. 

Scenic Lift Rides
Ride Sunday River's Chondola lift to North Peak for access to mountain biking, hiking, and spectacular views from the Peak Lodge. Part chairlift, part gondola, the Chondola consists of eight-passenger gondola cabins and six-person chairs. Attached bike racks benefit for those mountain bikers looking for gravity to do most of the work. Round-trip scenic lift tickets are $15 ages 13 and older; $10 ages 6 through 12; and free for ages 5 and under, 80 and older, and 2017-18 season passholders.

Twin Zips
Sunday River's Twin Zips are 750 feet of pure adrenaline located right in the South Ridge base area. Race your friends or just zip-a-dee-doo-dah along as your family and friends look on. Twin Zips are $15 all ages for two "zips" or you can get all-day access as part of the Adventure Pass. Height and weight restrictions apply.  

Bungee Trampoline
Reach for the sky as you're propelled in that direction by bungee cords and a trampoline. As an added benefit, your harness feature allows you to flip forward and backward as you bounce up to 20 feet into the air! A three-minute session on the Bungee Trampoline is $9 for all ages, or you can get all-day access as part of the Adventure Pass.

Climbing Wall
Sunday River's outdoor Climbing Wall is a great way to test your strength and nerve. Standing 25 feet tall, this wall offers climbers three automatic belay stations to try multiple routes to the top from, all while safely harnessed. A five-climb session is $9 for all ages, or you can get all-day access as part of the Adventure Pass.

Disc Golf
*Disc Golf is not included in a Sunday River Adventure Pass.
Disc golf is like traditional golf but in a cross-country setting using discs rather than golf clubs and balls. Sunday River's new 18-basket course, which debuted in August 2016, features walkable fairways spread up and down the slopes of South Ridge from the top of North Peak, with elevation changes, doglegs, trees, and additional challenges just like traditional golf. It's a course designed to be scenic and fun for professionals and amateurs alike. Course access and disc rental is $20 and includes a scenic lift ride to North Peak. 

Spa Services and Wellness Classes
Relax and indulge yourself with a visit to the Jordan Hotel or Grand Summit Hotel spa. Whether you're interested in a deep-tissue massage to ease tired muscles, a refreshing facial, or wellness programs, you'll find options right at the resort as well as in the local area, 800-543-2754.

Area Activities
Sunday River Country Club: Voted "Best Public Golf Course in Maine" by Golfweek magazine, the Sunday River Country Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and features an 18-hole championship course that winds through one of Maine's most picturesque forests. The Sunday River Country Club is owned by Black Swan Management. LLC., and is open seven days a week, 207-824-4653.

The Gem Theater: From first-run releases to documentaries, The Gem Theater in downtown Bethel, Maine is a classic small town establishment that boasts three screens, a selection of beers and wines for adults 21 years and older, and for all ages: candies, popcorn, and ample spice toppings ranging from sweet to savory. The Gem Theater is open Fridays through Mondays unless otherwise noted on their website.

Canoeing and Kayaking: The upper Androscoggin River is an ideal place to spend a few hours or a full day exploring Western Maine from the water. Sunday River's reservation agents can help guests connect with area outfitters who offer canoe and kayak rentals with drop-off/pick-up services from the resort, 800-543-2754.

Fishing: The upper Androscoggin River and several area ponds and lakes offer great trout fishing throughout the summer and fall. Sunday River's reservation agents can help guests connect with local outfitters who offer guided trips, instruction, and equipment rentals, 800-543-2754.

Scenic Drives: Two nearby state parks and easily accessible lakes and mountains in Western Maine and New Hampshire provide excellent car or motorcycle tours for those looking for the perfect scenic drive. Mount Washington's scenic drive is just 30 minutes away.

Hikes and Nature Walks: With Grafton Notch and Evan's Notch State Parks nearby and the White Mountains just across the border in New Hampshire, you can find hikes ranging from easy loops suitable for kids to multi-day backpacking adventures.    

Mining Tours: Explore Western Maine's mining history by touring local mines, learning about minerals, and even searching for gems and other treasures. These unique trips are great for the whole family.

Antiquing: Western Maine offers several antique tours for treasures large and small. Explore locally or venture farther afield around the state.

Swimming: The Mountains of Western Maine offer numerous rivers, waterfalls, lakes, and ponds with a wide variety of beautiful secluded swimming holes. Some popular locations include Frenchman's Hole, the Letter S Pool, and the Artists' Covered Bridge.

Whitewater Rafting: North of Sunday River there are a number of options for whitewater rafting and kayaking, ranging from beginner trips to more advanced adventures with Class II to Class IV rapids.

Horseback Riding: Local ranches offer riding trips for all ages and experience levels, ranging from one hour to multi-day trips.

Boating: With Bethel's location just above Maine's lakes region you can visit a number of lakes to rent boats and jet skis or take arranged tours.

Cultural Attractions: The local Bethel Historical Society, plus a nearby theater group and numerous museums in the Portland area, offer plenty of cultural options.

Shopping: Bethel and the surrounding area offer a number of options for those interested in some shopping. Among the unique products, you'll find are wood sculptures, antiques, and various Maine-made products.

Resort Dining 
Maine-ly Grill: Located slopeside at the South Ridge Lodge, Mainely Grill offers a selection of made-to-order grill favorites. 

Camp: Camp celebrates the Maine tradition of escaping the day-to-day with a trip to camp. From its space which blends a rustic feel with modern touches to a menu that celebrates comfort food made from seasonal ingredients, Camp will be your new favorite spot at the resort and is located in the Grand Summit Hotel. Call 207-824-5858 for information or reservations.

Grand Avenue: One of the best restaurants at Sunday River to grab a casual burger or fancy porterhouse steak, Grand Avenue is a great choice for every age and is located in the Jordan Hotel. Call 207-824-5300 for a schedule, further information, or reservations.

Northern Lights Café: A cozy café tucked away in the Jordan Hotel, the Northern Lights Café serves breakfast and lunch daily, specializing in hot and cold beverages, fresh pastries, soups, made-to-order sandwiches and salads, and daily specials. Northern Lights Café is located at the top of the lobby stairs on the second floor of the Jordan Hotel, adjacent to the hotel's slopeside entrance. Call 207-824-5327 for a schedule, further information, or reservations.

Mountain Grocer: For those guests looking to make their own meals or grab something quick to go, the Mountain Grocer offers pantry staples as well as sandwiches and snacks to pack up and take with you (207-824-5066).

Resort Lodging
Jordan Hotel: The Jordan Hotel is set in a spectacular mountain location in the heart of Jordan Bowl with access to the Sunday River Country Club. Accommodations range from standard rooms and studios to three-bedroom suites, 207-824-5000.

Grand Summit Hotel: The Grand Summit Hotel combines the amenities of a full-service hotel with the convenience of a location close to many mountain bike and hiking trailheads. Also home to the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools, accommodations range from standard rooms and studios to two-bedroom suites, 207-824-3500.  

Getting Here
Air: Portland International Jetport (PWM) is located 65 miles (104.6 kilometers) south of Sunday River via Interstate 95. Portland International Jetport ( offers numerous daily flights to and from most major U.S. cities and connections to destinations around the world. For those flying into New England, the most convenient airports are the Portland International Jetport (PWM) or Manchester, New Hampshire Airport (MHT). 

Ground Transportation: You'll find the majority of car rental agencies at both airports or call the Northeast Charter & Tour (888-593-6328), Sunday River Stagecoach Shuttle Service (207-357-5783), or Mountain Valley Taxi Service (207-364-9900) for door-to-door transportation services.  

Area Information
Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
8 Station Place
P.O. Box 1247
Bethel, ME 04217
207-824-2282 or 800-442-5826
207-824-7123 (fax)