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Bruneau Dunes State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park Sunrise on the Lake © Rick Otto
A beautiful sunrise lights up the island.
Bruneau Dunes State Park Reeds on fire © Rick Otto
An early morning sunrise lights up the reeds at the West end of the lake.
27608 Bruneau Sand Dunes Rd
Bruneau, Idaho   83604
(lat:42.9112 lon:-115.7151)

Phone: (208) 366-7919
Reservations: 208-366-7919
The tallest single-structured sand dune in North America rises to 470 feet high above small lakes in the high desert south of Mountain Home. The state park includes desert, dune, prairie, lake and marsh habitat with opportunities to observe nocturnal species. Activities include fishing, birdwatching, camping, hiking, swimming and viewing the stars at Idaho's largest public observatory. Feel free to climb but no vehicles are allowed on the dunes. A visitor center offers information on all birds of prey, insects, fossils, wildlife and sand dunes and gift items for purchase. Two cabins are available for rent. Also 82 serviced with W/E and 16 standard sites.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
Bruneau Dunes has one of the longest camping seasons in Idaho's system. Campers often start coming in March and continue to enjoy the park's warm weather late into the fall. Shade trees and shelters are abundant in the campground. A new group camp area with shelter and 50 sites has been added. Two camping cabins are also available for rent in the park.

The small lakes at the foot of the dunes provide an excellent bass and bluegill fishery. Sport fishing from non-motorized boats, canoes, rubber rafts and float tubes is a popular activity.

Area Attractions
The Observatory

The Bruneau Dunes Observatory invites you to look at the stars. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to see the night sky like you never have before. Visitors will watch a short orientation program and then have a chance to survey the heavens through the observatory?s collection of telescopes.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
February 16 Great location for hiking and exploring
My family and I went on a small day trip to the sand dunes, and it was a wonderful experience. We enjoyed both hiking up the large dunes and exploring the prairie scenery around the park. We came in February, and it was perfect temperature-wise around 70 degrees or so. I highly recommend visiting the park, as the scenery alone is wonderful.
June 20 In the Nature but amenities of Home by Royal Ranger
Camped in a group campsite with tents on soft grass in the Broken Wheel Camp Area. 27 people for our Outpost Campout. The camp host and a park ranger stopped by to see if we needed an assistance or needed any firewood. Had running water and an electrical hookup, two picnic tables, a fire pit and several trees provided needed shade. June 17th and about 75 degrees. After trampling on the dunes and finding hidden ponds through the sagebrush and sand, the showers back at the campground were very refreshing. We saw jack rabbits, owls, lizards, horned-toad lizards and heard coyotes at night. Only bad thing was the wet spring brought out mosquitoes almost too much to bear.
July 20 Enjoyed to Star event
Went last week middle of July. Very hot in the afternoon but nice in the eveing. Lots of mosquitoes in the morning near the lake when we went for a hike on the trail to the sand dunes. Saw rabbits and lizards. I enjoyed the Star event they did a very good job.



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