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Star Gaze at the Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 7:30pm

You’re invited to star gaze at the Bruneau Dunes Observatory!  See the night sky as you’ve never seen it before.  View a planet, nebula, or a galaxy through the “Obsession” 25-inch Newtonian Reflector telescope. Program start-time listed is approximate and dependent upon sunset. To maintain our night vision, we only use red lights at the observatory. Please bring bug spray, snacks and beverages. 

Program Fees

Adults………………………………………… $5.00

Seniors and Students…………………  $3.00

Seniors: age 62+   Students: 6 – 18 years old

Children 5 and under are free.

Observatory tours and solar viewing (through a specially adapted solar telescope) are available in the evening before the sun goes down. Following that, visitors can view a 30 minute orientation program inside the Steele Reese Education Center and then have the chance to survey the heavens through the observatory’s collection of telescopes.  A Motor Vehicle Entrance Fee of $5 per vehicle is required to enter the park.  (An Idaho State Parks Passport may be purchased at your nearest DMV for $10 per vehicle.) The only payment types accepted at the Observatory are cash or check.  If necessary, tickets may be purchased at the Visitors’ Center in advance during office hours using a credit card.  Children must be accompanied by an adult!

Solar Viewing and Tour Begins

March, April & May 2016                       6:30 PM

June & July 2016                                  7:30 PM

August, September & October 2016       6:30 PM


Observatory Presentation Schedule:  (Please arrive early for best seats!)

March 2016            8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

April 2016             8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

May 2016               9:00 PM – 11:30 PM

June 2016              9:30 PM – 12:30 AM

July 2016               9:30 PM – 12:30 AM

August 2016           9:00 PM – 11:30 PM

September 2016    8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

October 2016         8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

The Park reserves the right to close the observatory early due to either weather conditions OR lack of public attendance.  Follow link for Astronomer’s forecast http://cleardarksky.com/c/BrnDnsSPObkey.html

Bruneau Dunes State Park at 27608 Sand Dunes Rd, Mountain Home, ID 83647

Contact: Park Staff @ (208) 366-7919 or bru@idpr.idaho.gov