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Bogus Basin: Fun for all Seasons

Bogus Basin is so close to Boise, yet feels so far away. Just 16 miles away from the bustle of the city, this recreation area is completely surrounded by mountains and wilderness. It’s most famous for skiing, but has activities for every season. Shafer Butte and the surrounding landscape are what make up Bogus Basin. The resort is open year-round and has been hosting Idahoans for nearly 80 years. Check out live webcams here.

What you can do at Bogus

Bogus literally has something for everyone, all year long, from skiing to summer tubing. Whether you want an adrenaline-pumping afternoon or leisurely stroll along a mountain trail, Bogus has what you’re looking for. So come on up for some fresh air.

Snow Activities

  • Snowboarding & skiing
  • Winter tubing
  • Nordic skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Mountain coaster
  • Lessons
  • Food and beverage area

Activities for Warmer Weather – unlimited day passes available

  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain coaster
  • Scenic chairlift rides
  • Horseback riding trails
  • Summer tubing
  • Bungee trampoline
  • Climbing wall
  • Shafer Butte Mining Company
  • Hiking
  • Frisbee golf
  • Community Race series
  • Music on the mountain
  • Yoga on the mountain

Bogus By The Numbers

  • Miles from Boise: 16
  • Vertical: 1,790 ft
  • Top elevation: 7,582 ft
  • Snowfall: 200 in
  • Night skiing: 5 chairlifts until 10 pm, 7 nights a week
  • Base elevation: 5,790 ft; Pine Creek – (Chair 6); 6,150 ft; main base area – (Chair 1)
  • Number of trails: 66
  • Skiable acres: 2,600
  • Ski season: Generally December through March

Recommended Hiking Trails Bogus Basin/Shafer Butte

Here are some great trails around Bogus Basin. The Bogus Basin/Shafer Butte trail system has about 27 trails in all. Go here for more trails and details.

Around the Mountain
Intermediate – 7.0 mile loop

Sappers Return
Easy – 1.2 mi out and back

Intermediate – 3.4 mile out and back / loop via fire road

Freddy’s Stack Rock Trail
Intermediate – 8 mile – out and back

Take a Lesson

Bogus offers private and group ski lessons for Alpine and Nordic skiing, multi-week group lessons available.
Call (208) 332-5100 or (800) 367-4397.

Rent Your Gear

You can rent the following at Bogus Basin:

  • Alpine ski equipment
  • Nordic ski equipment
  • Mountain bikes

Call (208) 332-5100 or (800) 367-4397.

Summer Eats

In summer, the Double R Ranch BBQ Smokehouse is open daily from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., depending on the weather. It features premiere Snake River Farms and Double R Ranch meats smoked in-house every day. They also offer rotating draft beers, a full-service bar and many other foods. See their menu here.

Winter Grub

The Double R Ranch BBQ Smokehouse is also open in winter. In addition, you’ll find many other eateries in the J.R. Simplot Lodge and also at the Pioneer Lodge, along with the Beach Food Trailer. Go here to learn more about all the places to eat in winter.

Contact Info

Address: 2600 North Bogus Basin Road
Phone: (208) 332-5100 or (800) 367-4397
Snow report: (208) 342-2100 or (800) 696-4511