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Welcome to the Shafer Butte Trail System

Boise residents and visitors are now able to mountain bike from the top of Bogus Basin all the way to the Boise foothills and eventually to the new Eagle Velodrome and Cycling Park on the new Shafer Butte trail system. 

The National Park Service, through its Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program (RTCA) responded to a request for assistance from Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association (SWIMBA) to develop a plan and guide for a proposed trail system in and around Bogus BasinA number of critical partners including the Boise National Forest, Ridge to Rivers Partnership, Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and SWIMBA, planned and implemented a trail system that complements and connects to the existing Ridge to Rivers Trails in Boise.


Three all-day music events are planned for the St. Luke’s Don Scott Memorial Amphitheater: July 4th, August 1st, and September 5th. On these days, the Deerpoint Chair (#1) will operate for scenic rides and mountain bike transport, and local retailers and vendors will be on site. Cost for an all-day pass is $25. Single ride chairlift ride tickets cost $10. Chairlift hours of operation for chairlift are 11:00am-4:30pm. All ages welcome.


Beginning June 13th a bike shuttle will run from the Simplot Lodge to Pioneer Lodge Saturdays and Sundays from 11am– 5pm. Cost: $25 per day for unlimited rides/$10 single ride. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Simplot Lodge. All ages welcome. 


Planning to ride the chairlift or bike shuttle? Be sure to sign our release. Parents and legal guardians need to sign on behalf of minors. Get it here.



Open typically mid-June (when snow melts and trails aren't muddy) through mid-October

No trail fees required.  Please take all necessary precautions to have a safe, fun and adventurous outing.  Please pack-in/pack-out any garbage.

Shafer Butte Trail Map here >>>


The Ridge to Rivers Trail System is a unique partnership among government agencies, private landowners, organizations and individuals.  Its exceptional roads and trails meander through approximately 80,000 acres of land between the Boise Ridge and the Boise River. These roads and trails link more than land and water...they connect people with each other and the environment.  Your care and courtesy will help protect these fragile foothills.

Rules of the Trail
  • Ride on open trails only
  • Leave no trace
  • Control your bicycle
  • Always yield trail
  • Never spook animals
  • Plan ahead
  • Stay on marked trails
  • Respect posted closures