Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area#7 in Best Things To Do in Boise
Less than a 20-mile drive north of downtown Boise, the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area attracts visitors to its ski and snowboard slopes in the winter and its hiking trails in the summer. Bogus Basin also provides skiing and snowboarding lessons – and a lodge to relax and enjoy a bite and a drink after being out on the slopes.
Recent visitors couldn't say enough about the beauty of Bogus Basin's 360-degree Treasure Valley views and its variety of ski runs. But even without powder on the slopes, reviewers rave about Bogus Basin, citing hiking and mountain biking opportunities. Other warm-weather activities include a scenic chair lift, an alpine coaster, a climbing wall and summer tubing.
Ticket prices range by the season and the activity. For instance, a full-day alpine lift ticket will cost $64 for adults; $49 for children 12 to 18; $25 for children 7 to 11; and $10 for children 6 and younger. A full-day pass to snowshoe costs much less at $12 for adults and children ages 12 and older; and $8 for kids ages seven to 11. You can also rent equipment and take lessons for an additional cost. During the winter season, which usually runs from December to April, Bogus Basin is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends. Expect shortened hours during the fall and summer seasons. Day passes for summer use cost $49 for adults and $39 for kids ages 3 to 12. For more information, visit Bogus Basin's website.
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#1 Boise River Greenbelt
The Boise River Greenbelt stretches 25 miles along the Boise River and offers runners, joggers, walkers and cyclists a beautiful place to get some exercise. Since it travels through the heart of downtown Boise, some commuters even use it as a route for reaching their workplaces. The tree-lined trail also winds past several of the city's most popular parks, including Kathryn Albertson Park and Julia Davis Park. What's more, the city created a scavenger hunt with a map and clues on its website that prompts visitors to explore the trail and learn more about the city's history along the way.
Travelers commonly described the area as relaxing and peaceful and enjoyed their experience walking their dogs or riding their bikes on the trail. Other travelers appreciated that the Boise Greenbelt isn't very crowded, but it still feels safe with lights illuminating the trail in most places.
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