Multimillion-Dollar Additions are Being Added this Summer
Summer is a beautiful time in the Treasure Valley with its long, sunny days and variety of outdoor pursuits, but it can also get blazing hot. Many people flock to rivers and reservoirs to cool off, and others head up in elevation.
One of the quickest trips to the mountains is less than 20 miles from downtown Boise at Bogus Basin. Best known as a ski resort, its summer programs have gradually grown in recent years and will bloom this summer with the addition of multimillion-dollar improvement projects.
The resort is upgrading its existing offerings, such as lift-served hiking and mountain biking, concerts, disc golf and food and drink. It also plans to add a climbing wall, summer tubing—where you slide down a slippery surface on inner tubes—and perhaps most exciting, an alpine coaster that’s like a bobsled on rails.
Most of the improvements are expected to be done and available by mid-summer, which means visitors may see some work in progress, but don’t let that deter you from a visit.
Bogus Basin remains lush and green during summer when the Boise Foothills are tan, hot and dusty. With the base elevation of 5,800 feet and a 7,600-foot summit, Bogus Basin is typically about 10 degrees cooler than Boise, and it has brisk mornings and a soothing afternoon breeze to keep you cool while you’re hiking or biking up the slopes.
Look for splashes of color from wildflowers, and you may spot a deer or elk grazing on grass and shrubs on the mountain. Soak in the views of the Treasure Valley below across the Owyhee Desert, or into neighboring mountain ranges to the east.
Work up a hearty appetite and stop by the lodge for lunch on the patio. The upscale menu and craft beers have become a favorite for Bogus Basin’s summer visitors, as well as its casual, come-as-you-are atmosphere.
Visit Bogus Basin’s website, BogusBasin.org, for its full summer schedule of events and more details on its new recreation, or call 208.332.5100.