Glade Runner Mountain Coaster, Bogus Basin [Complete Guide 2022]

Bogus Basin is home to the Glad Runner Mountain Coaster – the only mountain coaster in the state of Idaho.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this ride, then you have come to the right place!

This guide features everything you need to know about riding the Glade Runner Mountain Coaster, including insider tips and advice. Keep reading to find out more.

Glad Runner Mountain Coaster - Bogus Basin, Idaho
Glad Runner Mountain Coaster – Bogus Basin, Idaho

How long is the Glade Runner Mountain Coaster?

Reaching a speed of up to 25mp/h (40 kp/h), the Glade Runner Mountain Coaster is 4,330ft (1,320m) in length and offers riders an exhilarating ride with riveting 360-degree loops, drops and turns.

The total ride time is just under 6 minutes.

The ride starts with a 3-minute cable-pulled ascent to the top. It’s a long slow journey to the top but definitely worth the wait. The cart then takes a turn to the right and down you go!

The downhill section is about 1:30 in total depending on your speed (mountain coasters have a manual brake so you can control this).

That’s a pretty impressive descent so this is a ride you do not want to miss!

Glade Runner Mountain Coaster – Bogus Basin, Idaho

What is a Mountain Coaster?

If you’re unfamiliar with mountain coasters (also known as alpine coasters), check out the post we wrote.

Mountain or alpine coasters are essentially gravity-powered roller coasters that use the natural contours of a mountain to provide riders with a thrilling downhill ride experience.

Mountain coasters are a fantastic activity that the whole family can enjoy. However, given the nature of this ride, there are age and height restrictions that apply, these have been detailed below.

A great feature of mountain coasters is that they offer the option of two seats. This is great for parents with children that are too young to go on the ride alone.

In addition, mountain coasters are equipped with a manual brake, enabling riders to adjust the speed of their descent. This unique feature allows riders to have greater control of their experience.

If things get a bit too fast for your liking you can apply the brake, if you’re more of the daredevil type then you can leave the brake untouched for maximum speed.

Another great feature of alpine coasters is that no prior experience or training is necessary. You can just jump in and enjoy the ride.

Glade Runner Moutain Coaster Video

One of the great things about mountain coasters is that a lot of people have filmed their ride experiences. If you’re unsure of what to expect on this ride then make sure you watch the videos below.

This is a video of the complete ride (including the cable-pulled ascent). The downhill section starts at 3:10.

This next video only shows the downhill section. Make sure you listen to this one with the sound on.

One thing to remember though is cameras can be deceiving – these mountain coasters feel a lot faster in real life!

How much does the Glad Runner Mountain Coaster cost?

The cost to ride the Glade Runner Mountain Coaster is as follows:

Ride (Single)PriceRe-ride
Driver (single ride)$19$14
Driver + Passenger (single ride)$29$19

You can also purchase a 3-pack of rides on select weekends.

The cost for a 3-pack is as follows:

Ride (3 Pack)Price
Driver (single ride)TBD
Driver + Passenger (single ride)TBD

If you want to ride the Glade Runner Mountain Coaster more than once we suggest you get the Unlimited Day Pass.

Not only does this allow you unlimited rides on the mountain coaster but you also gain access to a number of other activities in the area.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Simplot Ticket Office.

Height and Age Restrictions

The key height, age and other restrictions to participate in this ride are listed below:

  • Children must be at least 3 years old and 38″ (97cm) tall.
  • The minimum height for single riders is 54″ (137cm).
  • Riders 3-9 must ride with someone 16 years or older.
  • If there are two people riding together, the minimum height for the passenger is 38″ (97cm) and the driver must be at least 54″ (137cm) and 16 years or older.
  • The maximum weight per cart is 375lbs (170kg) in dry conditions and 330lbs (150kg) in wet conditions.
  • All riders must keep their feet inside the cart at all times.
  • No pregnant riders.
  • No alcohol allowed.
  • Liability Waiver required.
  • Parent / Guardian must sign for a minor.

Contact Details and Other Information

The Glade Runner website can be found here.



Directions and Map
2600 Bogus Basin Road

Directions to the Glade Runner Mountain Coaster are provided below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Bogus Basin have a roller coaster?

Yes – Bogus Basin is home to the only mountain coaster in the state of Idaho. At 4,330 ft (1,320m) in length and a total ride time of just under 6 minutes, this is a mountain coaster you do not want to miss.

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