Sheriff's deputy: Bogus Basin can be an unforgiving road

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- During ski season, the road to Bogus Basin is 16 miles of heavily traveled curves.

"On a busy day, there's four or five thousand cars going back and forth," said Bogus Basin General Manager Alan Moore. "So it's a busy road and there aren't many accidents."

Law enforcement says there aren't that many deaths on Bogus Basin Road.

But Chief Deputy Dale Rogers with the Boise County Sheriff's Office says it's an unforgiving 16 miles.

"This road's extremely dangerous," Rogers said. "They have Jersey barriers on a lot of the corners, but the road gets slick, and covered with sand. It's dangerous to go very fast on."

People up at Bogus Basin we talked to agree: it's a road to be reckoned with.

"As long as you drive slowly and safely you'll be fine." said Rhona Burnett of Nampa. "Stay off the phone. Don't text and drive. We are always pulling over and letting people pass us constantly."

"It is scary," said John Jackson of Mountain Home. "As a matter of fact, there's not enough guard rails. So when you come up here in any weather, it's pretty treacherous."

By our count, there are sixty-six cement Jersey barriers (so-called because they were invented in New Jersey) on Bogus Basin Road and four metal guard rails.

Under an agreement between Bogus Basin and the Ada County Highway District, the highway district is in charge of putting up the barriers and guard rails. Bogus Basin is responsible for plowing and sanding the road.

The road to Bogus was built in 1942, but it wasn't until the early 1960s that the road was paved.

Bogus Basin road is the path to fun times, but the journey there and back should always be taken seriously.