Bring your camping game to the next level! At Shafer Butte you’re gonna feel high on life. Situated atop the Boise Ridge Mountains, at an impressive 7,000 feet in elevation, this campground furnishes sweeping alpine vistas from its single, double and group sites. There’s tons of nearby trails where you can hike, bike, and horseback ride. The two-mile interpretive nature trail is a great family-friendly activity. And even frisbee fanatics can get their fill at the nearby Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area’s 9-hole disc golf courses that are open to the public.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
7 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Hike in
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Horseback riding
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Shafer Butte Campground.

Hot spring
River, stream, or...
Swimming hole
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Ghetto C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 29th, 2015

There's a picture of a lake associated with this campground, there is no water in the area. Great mountain biking from lower lodge of ski area, see local trail guide. Excellent hiking as well. During the summer months there is a BBQ from something like 11-7PM.

Hipcamper Erin
Erin T.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 7th, 2016

Great family spot!! Campsite is a short walk from the parking lot so plan on packing it in :) No water available but there are vault toilets. Sites are partially shaded, w/ pinic tables & firepits w/grills. Great view of the stars from camp, and a short walk to the day use area early in the a.m. will give you a sunrise view to remember!! 1 mi interpretive trail is a great family hike with a cool rock outcrop about 1/2 way. Additional trails provide further opportunities to explore :) Close to Bogus and all their summer trails have to offer, as well.

Family friendly hiking!Listen to the sound of the wind rippling through the aspen trees... Hike past Alpine meadows then cool down in the shade of evergreens 40 ft and taller!
Hipcamper Mark
Mark S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 11th, 2017

Stayed in walk-in site number 10 which on the ledge with the best view of the canyon might be the most liberating spot. And it was one of the closest to the car so easy access. Toliets were very clean, air was fresh, and neighbors were friendly. It's pretty quiet up there, and only a 40 minute drive from Boise. The trail is very close and you have to pay to part. Self-service station at the top if you don't have reservations already. You have views of Bogus Mountain, which, a short drive away has mounting biking, wall climbing, summer tubing, and tampoline bungee jump. That's also your only place to eat if you don't pack your own.

Overview of walk in camping area - only about 8 sites in whole campground plus the group siteWalkin site #10 has a view that the will make all the other campers jealous.Get your own firewood - there's plenty around.Walkin #10
Hipcamper Carrie V.
doesn't recommend this listing.
June 29th, 2018
Hipcamper Mark S.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2017
Boise National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(208) 373-4100
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43.781° N, 116.085° W
Unknown price
Tent Only - Hike In: 7 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)

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