The trick to being both a phenomenal place to be a mountain biker and a major metro area is community dedication to accessible, recreation-friendly open space. In the Boise area, this all started more than 20 years ago when creative mountain bikers and land managers planned an extensive trail system to offer great riding and community connectivity via a large singletrack network. Today, thanks in large part to a diverse collection of volunteer-led groups, including the Boise Area Mountain Bike Association and South West Idaho Mountain Bike Association, you’ll find everything from rocky, mountainous terrain to buff trails and a bike park, all accessible from Boise and Eagle.
Today, the cities and their citizens have contributed tens of millions of dollars in direct and volunteer support and aren’t slowing down, as they have made a commitment to maintenance and growth. Recent additions include the Eagle/ADA bike park flow trail, a new public easement on several long 3,000-foot descents like Dry Creek and Sweet Connie, and (Canadian) North Shore-style riding on Mahalo.
The local ski resort, Bogus Basin, offers weekend shuttles and limited weekend chair lift options. just 16 miles from the heart of Boise. Temperatures at Bogus Basin are often 15 degrees cooler than downtown, making it the perfect summer riding spot. Additionally, Boise was recently voted one of the most livable cities in America and was awarded a 2015 silver-level bicycle friendly city award from the League of American Bicyclists. Downtown features a whitewater park, 17 local microbreweries and world-class restaurants, offering plenty to do and enjoy when off the bike.