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Bruneau Dunes Snapshot

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.
 
Acreage
4,800
 
Elevation
2,470
 
Overnight
82 serviced; 35 standard; 2 ADA campsites; 2 cabins (1 ADA)
 
Amenities
Showers, flush toilets, dump stations, equestrian campground and trails
*Access to facilities and water is dependent on weather and winterization, typically November-March.
 
Boating
Ramps, electric motor boats only 
 
Activities
Fish, boat, picnic, bird watch, hike, learn, horseback ride, fly kites, star gaze, dune ski 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, 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. 
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 15 non-reservable campsites.

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

 


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.

2017 Events

Download the Summer, 2017 star gaze schedule

(Every Friday and Saturday night March 24-mid October)

Current weather conditions at the observatory.

 


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


Calling All Explorers Ages 6-12!

We invite you to be an official Idaho State Park Junior Ranger. We need you to help keep Idaho's State Parks beautiful and protect the plants and animals that live here. Simply pick up a Junior Ranger Guide and earn stamps and prizes for completing fun activities.

You'll Get To...

  • Take a HIKE
  • IDENTIFY special plants and animals
  • Help keep your campsite and the park clean
  • Go to an interpretive program to hear PARK STORIES
  • Learn to be SAFE in parks and on trails, rivers and lakes.

Get Started...

  1. Pick up the Junior Ranger Guide
  2. Collect stamps for each completed activity from a staff person or campground host.
  3. Complete four out of six options for activities to be awarded recognition 
  4. On your first park visit earn the Junior Ranger badge, your second visit the patch, and a third visit a certificate signed by Scout!

Parents and Guardians:

Our goal is to help your children have fun in the outdoors while learning about state parks and making connections to the natural world. Please feel free to join your
children in the Junior Ranger activities. We think you'll have a great time too!

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
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 *


This list includes Idaho State Parks that offer the Junior Ranger program from Memorial Day through September.

*These parks offer Junior Ranger programs year-round.

Bruneau Dunes Snapshot

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.
 
Acreage
4,800
 
Elevation
2,470
 
Overnight
82 serviced; 35 standard; 2 ADA campsites; 2 cabins (1 ADA)
 
Amenities
Showers, flush toilets, dump stations, equestrian campground and trails
*Access to facilities and water is dependent on weather and winterization, typically November-March.
 
Boating
Ramps, electric motor boats only 
 
Activities
Fish, boat, picnic, bird watch, hike, learn, horseback ride, fly kites, star gaze, dune ski 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, 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. 
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 15 non-reservable campsites.

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

 

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.

2017 Events

Download the Summer, 2017 star gaze schedule

(Every Friday and Saturday night March 24-mid October)

Current weather conditions at the observatory.

 

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

Calling All Explorers Ages 6-12!

We invite you to be an official Idaho State Park Junior Ranger. We need you to help keep Idaho's State Parks beautiful and protect the plants and animals that live here. Simply pick up a Junior Ranger Guide and earn stamps and prizes for completing fun activities.

You'll Get To...

  • Take a HIKE
  • IDENTIFY special plants and animals
  • Help keep your campsite and the park clean
  • Go to an interpretive program to hear PARK STORIES
  • Learn to be SAFE in parks and on trails, rivers and lakes.

Get Started...

  1. Pick up the Junior Ranger Guide
  2. Collect stamps for each completed activity from a staff person or campground host.
  3. Complete four out of six options for activities to be awarded recognition 
  4. On your first park visit earn the Junior Ranger badge, your second visit the patch, and a third visit a certificate signed by Scout!

Parents and Guardians:

Our goal is to help your children have fun in the outdoors while learning about state parks and making connections to the natural world. Please feel free to join your
children in the Junior Ranger activities. We think you'll have a great time too!

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
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 *


This list includes Idaho State Parks that offer the Junior Ranger program from Memorial Day through September.

*These parks offer Junior Ranger programs year-round.