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PARK UPDATE:

The Observatory will be opening for the 2024 season on April 5th and programs will be every Friday and Saturday night through Oct. 15th

Winter 2020-2024 Update:

  • October 23, 2023 – March 14, 2024: camping is available in all campgrounds on first come first served basis. Cabins are available year-round by reservations. The 2024 season is March 15 through October 20.
  • Park facilities have been winterized. Restrooms/shower buildings are closed. Water is available only in the Equestrian campground at the frost-free hydrants.
  • Future reservations can be made 9 months in advance at idahostateparks.reserveamerica.com or by calling 1-888-922-6743
  • Sand board rentals are available at the Visitor Center. Due to limited staffing in the off season, please call ahead to verify VC hours of operation.
  • The Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee is still required during the offseason. It is the responsibility of the driver to bring cash or check as the Visitor Center and Entrance Kiosk hours vary. Failure to pay the MVEF will result in Citation or Surcharge (IDAPA 26.01.20)

Please note: UAV/Drone use is only permitted in the designated UAV area (contact the park for location). Flight outside of the designated are is strictly prohibited.

The park has day use areas, which include the dunes, which are only open to the public from 7 am to 10 pm. Please refer to IDAPA code 26.01.20.

Park Reservations
By phone: 1-888-9-CAMPID or 1-888-922-6743

Sandboarding is a fun and unique way to experience the dunes.  Board rentals are available at the park Visitor Center daily, $15 for one board or $25 for two. There are two styles available for rent-stand up and sled.

Know before you go. Call the Visitor Center for office hours, especially during off season. 208-366-7919

Board rentals are stopped for the day when:

  • Air temperature reaches 80* at the park
  • 2 hours before Visitor Center closing time
  • Boards must be returned 1 hour before Visitor Center closing time.
  • No refunds on board rentals.
  • No overnight board rentals.

Current Conditions

Contact the Park

Address: 27608 Sand Dunes Rd
Mountain Home, ID 83647
Phone: (208) 366-7919
Hours of Operation: Day-use locations within state parks are open from 7 am to 10 pm, per Idaho state code 26.01.20 (5). Day-use hours may change based on park manager discretion.

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