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SHAFER BUTTE, ID

Photo: SHAFER BUTTE
Status: Closed through Sat Jun 14 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Shafer Butte is located atop the scenic Boise Ridge Mountains, near Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Visitors enjoy hiking and biking on various trails in the surrounding area, and simply relaxing and taking in the area's beautiful views.

Natural Features:

Shafer Butte offers scenic views of Deer Point, Mores Mountain and Shafer Butte summits, as well as the expansive valley below. The campground is situated among Douglas fir and aspen trees, which off partial shade in most sites. Wildlife and summer wildflowers are abundant in the area.

Recreation:

Popular activities in the area include hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding within the Shafer Butte Trail System. The Mores Mountain Trail begins in the campground. This 2-mile interpretive nature trail is family friendly.

Facilities:

Shafer Butte contains single-family campsites and two day-use, group picnic areas, all of which are accessible. Sites are equipped with picnic tables and campfire rings, and many of the overnight campsites have tent pads.

Accessible vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided, but there is no electricity. Parking spurs and pathways within the campground are paved, and each site can be accessed via a short walking path from the parking area.

Nearby Attractions:

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area is close by and offers more hiking and biking trails, as well as two 9-hole disc golf courses that are free to the public.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Campfire Rings
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Host
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Pathways
  • Picnic Area
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Idaho OHV Safety Message
  • Additional day-use picnic sites and campsites are not listed for reservation and are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Click here for more information on the Boise National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit don'tmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
43.78306, -116.08417
43°46'59"N, 116°5'3"W

From Boise, Idaho, travel along Bogus Basin Road for approximately 20 miles. The last three miles are on a gravel road. Turn right (east) on the signed gravel road and travel just over a mile to the campground and picnic area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SHAFER BUTTE
2180 AMERICAN LEGION
MOUNTAIN HOME ID 83647

Phone Number:

Information: (208)587-7961

Special Events:

    The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

  • Shafer Butte Picnic Area
    Sunday, September 22, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    To celebrate the first day of fall, the Boise National Forest will host a nature walk at Shafer Butte picnic area (Mores Mountain trailhead). Register by contacting the Mountain Home Ranger District at 208-587-7961. on Sep 22 2013