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Park Update

Fire Restrictions:  Bruneau will be implementing fire restrictions at the Equestrian Campground on Friday July 24th. This will not be in effect at the Broken Wheel or Eagle Cove campgrounds. We will allow propane cooking but no open fires or charcoal grills.

We recommend that those of you who choose to visit, do so during the week if possible as crowds are smaller.

For those who chose to come to the park, please be aware that we will be limiting entrance into the park based on our limited restroom facilities and safety considerations for our staff and the general public.

Also please keep in mind that the $5 Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee or Idaho Passport sticker are required. 

Thank you and please Play Safe!

https://gov.idaho.gov/…/recreate-responsibly-idaho-campaig…/

Bruneau Dunes Snapshot

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Observatory will be closed until further notice.

**Please note: The Observatory Nights only occur on Friday and Saturday evenings (with the exception of 3-day holiday weekends). Observatory season occurs late March to early October and is weather-permitting.

*Be advised that park staff will halt sandboard rentals when the air temperature reaches 80 degrees as sand temperatures are much hotter and pose a risk for burns.

Location
64 miles south of Boise, ID
259 miles north of Ogden, UT
181 miles north of Elko, NV
115 miles southeast of Ontario, OR.
 
Visitor Center
Please call ahead for hours of operation: 208.366.7919
 
Acreage
4,800
 
Elevation
2,470
 
Overnight
82 serviced; 35 standard; 2 ADA campsites; 2 cabins (1 ADA)
 
Amenities
Showers (CLOSED), flush toilets, dump stations, equestrian campground and trails
*Electricity is available in the campgrounds year-round. Water is turned off late fall to early spring, depending on weather conditions.
 
Boating
Ramps, electric motor boats only 
 
Activities
Fish, boat, picnic, bird watch, hike, horseback ride, fly kites, star gaze, and rent a sand board from the Visitor Center and sled!
 
Groups
Shelters, conference rooms
 
Winter
Dune sled, ski and snowboard
 
Trails
Hike, bike, horse
 
Wildlife
Coyotes, Badgets, Antelope, Rabbits, Lizards, Scorpions, Ducks, Geese, Kestrels, Hawks, Herons
 
Learn
Guided walks, special programs,  education center and observatory
 
Nearby
Bruneau Canyon Overlook, CJ Strike Wildlife Management Area, Silver City historic mining town, Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Owyhee Uplands National Backcountry Byway
 
Purchase or rent
Sand boards are available for rent at the Visitors Center Nature Store for $15/day, and you can also purchase gifts, souvenirs, drinks and snacks there
 
WiFi
Hot-spots available subject to data limits
 
GPS
42.91, -115.70972
 
Pets
Yes. Do not leave unattended. Dogs must be confined or on a leash. Clean up after them, please.
 
Off-road vehicles
Off-road vehicles are only permitted on the main paved road in the park, no dune riding is allowed.
 

With one of the longest camping seasons in the Idaho Parks system, Bruneau Dunes State Park offers camping opportunities throughout the year. Campsites and cabins are available with plenty of first-come, first-served sites too.

See all Bruneau Dunes events


Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory: Feel the sand and touch the stars!

Welcome to Bruneau Dunes State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park boasts the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America with a peak rising 470 feet above the surrounding desert floor. Explore the dunes in your hiking boots or rent a sand board from the Visitor Center, but off-road vehicles are only permitted  on the main road. You can also fish for bluegill in the lakes at the foot of the dune; unlock the mystery of the desert with a breathtaking hike or horseback ride; plan a group picnic or visit the Bruneau Dunes Observatory and gaze at the night sky through the Observatory's collection of telescopes. 
**Observatory nights are Friday and Saturday only, from late March to mid-October, weather permitting.
Plan your trip by checking  local weather.

Bruneau Dunes Park Fees

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Standard campsites

$12-$21 per night

Serviced campsites 

$24-$29 per night

Equestrian campsites

$12-$21 per night

   

Cabin

$50-$55 per night

Fees do not include sales tax

Click above to learn more about the $10 Idaho State Parks Passport!


Equestrian Facilities

Bruneau Dunes State Park is a great place to ride your horse. The equestrian area has corrals and water spigots for your horses. There is a vault toilet and a small shelter with picnic tables. The area includes 19 non-reservable campsites.

Keeping them corraled.
Equestrian area shelter.
Equestrian area overview.
You can spend many pleasant hours riding your horse at Bruneu Dunes.

 


2020 Events

**Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Observatory will be closed until further notice.**

*Observatory nights are only held on Friday and Saturday nights, with the exception of 3-day holiday weekends.

Current weather conditions at the observatory.

You’re invited to star gaze at the Bruneau Dunes Observatory! See the night sky as you’ve never seen it before. Observatory tours and solar viewing (through a specially adapted telescope) begin one hour before sunset, and are free of cost.

Following that, visitors can view short orientation program and then have the chance to survey the heavens through the observatory’s collection of telescopes. There is a per person viewing fee (children 5 and under are free of cost). Check event listings for fees.

The observatory is open to the public from early April through mid-October on Friday and Saturday nights only, weather permitting. For presentation times, call 208-366-7919, or check the kiosk when you arrive at the park.

 

 


Cabins at Bruneau

Two cabins rent for $50 per night each. The one-room cabins sleep up to five on bunk beds and futons. Cook outside on the grill-covered fire pit. The cabins are powered, heated and air conditioned. Bring your own bedding. Click to reserve.

 

 

 


Bruneau Dunes State Park

Bruneau Dunes State Park at Bruneau Dunes state park, Bruneau, ID 83604

Download Bruneau Maps

Hiking Trail Map

Equestrian Map

Park Map


Idaho State Parks Online Junior Ranger
 

To Parents & Guardians

Our goal is to help your children discover more about the outdoors while learning about our parks and making connections to the natural world. Here is how it works: when your child completes the Junior Ranger Actions for one of the twenty-two parks in the program, they can download the certificate for that park and fill in their name for completing the Junior Ranger program at that park. The program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12. We hope the discoveries your explorers experience in the program will encourage them to appreciate and protect Idaho’s natural and cultural resources.

The online Junior Ranger Program can work for those at home. It also can be a great activity either before or after visiting one of Idaho’s State Parks.

Junior Ranger Actions

Click here to find a list of downloadable digital Junior Ranger activity sheets and start earning your Junior Ranger Certificates today!

Choose and do three or more of these activities for the park you select:

Optional if you are able to visit the park:

  • Take a hike with your parents.

  • Attend a park presentation.

Once you have completed three activities, download the Junior Ranger certificate for that park and fill in your name to recognize your completion.

Congratulations Junior Ranger!

Welcome Junior Rangers for Idaho State Parks!

To get started, say the Junior Ranger Pledge out-loud:

Junior Ranger Pledge

I accept the challenge to become an Idaho State Parks Junior Ranger. I will discover more about and help protect Idaho’s parks and the natural world around me. I will share my discoveries with my friends and family.

Participating Parks:

Castle Rocks State Park
City of Rocks National Reserve *
Farragut State Park
Lake Cascade State Park
Dworshak State Park
Hells Gate State Park
Ponderosa State Park
Priest Lake State Park
Three Island Crossing State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Harriman State Park *
Heyburn State Park
Henrys Lake State Park
Land of Yankee Fork State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park
Round Lake State Park
Thousand Springs State Park
Lucky Peak State Park
Lake Walcott State Park
Winchester Lake State Park
Eagle Island State Park
Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes
Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park *

*These parks offer the Junior Ranger Program year-round.

Portals to Parks Activity Sheets

Park Video Presentations

Select the video you would like to watch. Not all parks will have videos available.

Leave No Trace

Download, print, and complete the Leave No Trace activity.

Optional activities if you are able to visit the park:

  • Take a hike with your parents.
  • Attend a park presentation.
  • Once you have completed three activities, download the Junior Ranger certificate for that park and fill in your name to recognize your completion.

Congratulations, you are now an official Junior Ranger!
 

 IDPR’S MASCOT: SCOUT THE FOX

ID Scout is a red fox, native to Idaho, and attends special events at Idaho

State Parks and others sponsored by our Recreational Programs. is a red fox, native

SCOUT THE FOX

• Foxes are one of the most intelligent animals in the world. They are very sharp and can out-wit many of their predators. Because of this, they are also incredible hunters.

• They can run at speeds of up to 23 miles per hour!

• They utilize a lot of non-verbal communication, like tail wags and body posture.

• Foxes use the earth’s magnetic field to hunt.

• They tend to be solitary animals, but are very playful when they choose to be!

• The Red Fox and Kit Fox are the two types of fox found in Idaho.

 


Experience Idaho Loaner Backpacks: An Extension of the Junior Ranger Program offered within Idaho's State Parks

Getting children outside and exploring the natural world is one of Idaho State Park’s most important goals. We thank you for making plans to take your child to an Idaho State Park and want to help you help them have a great experience outdoors. The Experience Idaho Loaner Backpack program provides a backpack for your child, filled with great items to learn about and explore Idaho's State Parks. The backpacks are made available free of charge for use during your stay. 

Each Gootium backpack contains all that you need for a self-guided trek through the park. With binoculars, magnifiers, field guides, and other equipment to enrich your exploration and understanding of nature.

The Experience Idaho Loaner Backpack Program is the legacy of Governor Dirk Kempthorne, encouraging Idahoans to experience the wonders of nature. The program was made possible by very generous donations to the Friends of Idaho State Parks. Special thanks to Gootium for donating the program backpacks.  

To check-out a backpack, visit with park staff inside the visitor center.

Park Update

Fire Restrictions:  Bruneau will be implementing fire restrictions at the Equestrian Campground on Friday July 24th. This will not be in effect at the Broken Wheel or Eagle Cove campgrounds. We will allow propane cooking but no open fires or charcoal grills.

We recommend that those of you who choose to visit, do so during the week if possible as crowds are smaller.

For those who chose to come to the park, please be aware that we will be limiting entrance into the park based on our limited restroom facilities and safety considerations for our staff and the general public.

Also please keep in mind that the $5 Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee or Idaho Passport sticker are required. 

Thank you and please Play Safe!

https://gov.idaho.gov/…/recreate-responsibly-idaho-campaig…/

Bruneau Dunes Snapshot

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Observatory will be closed until further notice.

**Please note: The Observatory Nights only occur on Friday and Saturday evenings (with the exception of 3-day holiday weekends). Observatory season occurs late March to early October and is weather-permitting.

*Be advised that park staff will halt sandboard rentals when the air temperature reaches 80 degrees as sand temperatures are much hotter and pose a risk for burns.

Location
64 miles south of Boise, ID
259 miles north of Ogden, UT
181 miles north of Elko, NV
115 miles southeast of Ontario, OR.
 
Visitor Center
Please call ahead for hours of operation: 208.366.7919
 
Acreage
4,800
 
Elevation
2,470
 
Overnight
82 serviced; 35 standard; 2 ADA campsites; 2 cabins (1 ADA)
 
Amenities
Showers (CLOSED), flush toilets, dump stations, equestrian campground and trails
*Electricity is available in the campgrounds year-round. Water is turned off late fall to early spring, depending on weather conditions.
 
Boating
Ramps, electric motor boats only 
 
Activities
Fish, boat, picnic, bird watch, hike, horseback ride, fly kites, star gaze, and rent a sand board from the Visitor Center and sled!
 
Groups
Shelters, conference rooms
 
Winter
Dune sled, ski and snowboard
 
Trails
Hike, bike, horse
 
Wildlife
Coyotes, Badgets, Antelope, Rabbits, Lizards, Scorpions, Ducks, Geese, Kestrels, Hawks, Herons
 
Learn
Guided walks, special programs,  education center and observatory
 
Nearby
Bruneau Canyon Overlook, CJ Strike Wildlife Management Area, Silver City historic mining town, Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Owyhee Uplands National Backcountry Byway
 
Purchase or rent
Sand boards are available for rent at the Visitors Center Nature Store for $15/day, and you can also purchase gifts, souvenirs, drinks and snacks there
 
WiFi
Hot-spots available subject to data limits
 
GPS
42.91, -115.70972
 
Pets
Yes. Do not leave unattended. Dogs must be confined or on a leash. Clean up after them, please.
 
Off-road vehicles
Off-road vehicles are only permitted on the main paved road in the park, no dune riding is allowed.
 

With one of the longest camping seasons in the Idaho Parks system, Bruneau Dunes State Park offers camping opportunities throughout the year. Campsites and cabins are available with plenty of first-come, first-served sites too.

See all Bruneau Dunes events

Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory: Feel the sand and touch the stars!

Welcome to Bruneau Dunes State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park boasts the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America with a peak rising 470 feet above the surrounding desert floor. Explore the dunes in your hiking boots or rent a sand board from the Visitor Center, but off-road vehicles are only permitted  on the main road. You can also fish for bluegill in the lakes at the foot of the dune; unlock the mystery of the desert with a breathtaking hike or horseback ride; plan a group picnic or visit the Bruneau Dunes Observatory and gaze at the night sky through the Observatory's collection of telescopes. 
**Observatory nights are Friday and Saturday only, from late March to mid-October, weather permitting.
Plan your trip by checking  local weather.

Bruneau Dunes Park Fees

Motor Vehicle Entry Fee

$5 per vehicle

Standard campsites

$12-$21 per night

Serviced campsites 

$24-$29 per night

Equestrian campsites

$12-$21 per night

   

Cabin

$50-$55 per night

Fees do not include sales tax

Click above to learn more about the $10 Idaho State Parks Passport!

Equestrian Facilities

Bruneau Dunes State Park is a great place to ride your horse. The equestrian area has corrals and water spigots for your horses. There is a vault toilet and a small shelter with picnic tables. The area includes 19 non-reservable campsites.

Keeping them corraled.
Equestrian area shelter.
Equestrian area overview.
You can spend many pleasant hours riding your horse at Bruneu Dunes.

 

2020 Events

**Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Observatory will be closed until further notice.**

*Observatory nights are only held on Friday and Saturday nights, with the exception of 3-day holiday weekends.

Current weather conditions at the observatory.

You’re invited to star gaze at the Bruneau Dunes Observatory! See the night sky as you’ve never seen it before. Observatory tours and solar viewing (through a specially adapted telescope) begin one hour before sunset, and are free of cost.

Following that, visitors can view short orientation program and then have the chance to survey the heavens through the observatory’s collection of telescopes. There is a per person viewing fee (children 5 and under are free of cost). Check event listings for fees.

The observatory is open to the public from early April through mid-October on Friday and Saturday nights only, weather permitting. For presentation times, call 208-366-7919, or check the kiosk when you arrive at the park.

 

 

Cabins at Bruneau

Two cabins rent for $50 per night each. The one-room cabins sleep up to five on bunk beds and futons. Cook outside on the grill-covered fire pit. The cabins are powered, heated and air conditioned. Bring your own bedding. Click to reserve.

 

 

 

Bruneau Dunes State Park

Bruneau Dunes State Park at Bruneau Dunes state park, Bruneau, ID 83604

Download Bruneau Maps

Hiking Trail Map

Equestrian Map

Park Map

Idaho State Parks Online Junior Ranger
 

To Parents & Guardians

Our goal is to help your children discover more about the outdoors while learning about our parks and making connections to the natural world. Here is how it works: when your child completes the Junior Ranger Actions for one of the twenty-two parks in the program, they can download the certificate for that park and fill in their name for completing the Junior Ranger program at that park. The program is designed for youth ages 6 to 12. We hope the discoveries your explorers experience in the program will encourage them to appreciate and protect Idaho’s natural and cultural resources.

The online Junior Ranger Program can work for those at home. It also can be a great activity either before or after visiting one of Idaho’s State Parks.

Junior Ranger Actions

Click here to find a list of downloadable digital Junior Ranger activity sheets and start earning your Junior Ranger Certificates today!

Choose and do three or more of these activities for the park you select:

Optional if you are able to visit the park:

  • Take a hike with your parents.

  • Attend a park presentation.

Once you have completed three activities, download the Junior Ranger certificate for that park and fill in your name to recognize your completion.

Congratulations Junior Ranger!

Welcome Junior Rangers for Idaho State Parks!

To get started, say the Junior Ranger Pledge out-loud:

Junior Ranger Pledge

I accept the challenge to become an Idaho State Parks Junior Ranger. I will discover more about and help protect Idaho’s parks and the natural world around me. I will share my discoveries with my friends and family.

Participating Parks:

Castle Rocks State Park
City of Rocks National Reserve *
Farragut State Park
Lake Cascade State Park
Dworshak State Park
Hells Gate State Park
Ponderosa State Park
Priest Lake State Park
Three Island Crossing State Park
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Harriman State Park *
Heyburn State Park
Henrys Lake State Park
Land of Yankee Fork State Park
Massacre Rocks State Park
Round Lake State Park
Thousand Springs State Park
Lucky Peak State Park
Lake Walcott State Park
Winchester Lake State Park
Eagle Island State Park
Trail of the Coeur d' Alenes
Coeur d' Alene's Old Mission State Park *

*These parks offer the Junior Ranger Program year-round.

Portals to Parks Activity Sheets

Park Video Presentations

Select the video you would like to watch. Not all parks will have videos available.

Leave No Trace

Download, print, and complete the Leave No Trace activity.

Optional activities if you are able to visit the park:

  • Take a hike with your parents.
  • Attend a park presentation.
  • Once you have completed three activities, download the Junior Ranger certificate for that park and fill in your name to recognize your completion.

Congratulations, you are now an official Junior Ranger!
 

 IDPR’S MASCOT: SCOUT THE FOX

ID Scout is a red fox, native to Idaho, and attends special events at Idaho

State Parks and others sponsored by our Recreational Programs. is a red fox, native

SCOUT THE FOX

• Foxes are one of the most intelligent animals in the world. They are very sharp and can out-wit many of their predators. Because of this, they are also incredible hunters.

• They can run at speeds of up to 23 miles per hour!

• They utilize a lot of non-verbal communication, like tail wags and body posture.

• Foxes use the earth’s magnetic field to hunt.

• They tend to be solitary animals, but are very playful when they choose to be!

• The Red Fox and Kit Fox are the two types of fox found in Idaho.

 

Experience Idaho Loaner Backpacks: An Extension of the Junior Ranger Program offered within Idaho's State Parks

Getting children outside and exploring the natural world is one of Idaho State Park’s most important goals. We thank you for making plans to take your child to an Idaho State Park and want to help you help them have a great experience outdoors. The Experience Idaho Loaner Backpack program provides a backpack for your child, filled with great items to learn about and explore Idaho's State Parks. The backpacks are made available free of charge for use during your stay. 

Each Gootium backpack contains all that you need for a self-guided trek through the park. With binoculars, magnifiers, field guides, and other equipment to enrich your exploration and understanding of nature.

The Experience Idaho Loaner Backpack Program is the legacy of Governor Dirk Kempthorne, encouraging Idahoans to experience the wonders of nature. The program was made possible by very generous donations to the Friends of Idaho State Parks. Special thanks to Gootium for donating the program backpacks.  

To check-out a backpack, visit with park staff inside the visitor center.