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Bruneau Dunes State Park

Owyhee Plateau, Idaho

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  • Entering the state park.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • The Bruneau Dunes are unique in that they've formed at the center of a basin. Most dunes form at the edges.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • There is a nice visitor center with a gift shop, exhibits, and information about the park.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • The museum is dense with information and displays.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • Many birds find refuge in the park.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • These big, blue skies turn into dark, starry skies at nightfall.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • Several trails lead around and across the sand dunes.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • The dunes are a great place for hiking and sand boarding; motorized vehicles are prohibited.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • If you're captivated by the night skies, be sure to stop into the Steele-Reese Education Center.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • The Bruneau Dunes Observatory provides visitors with a chance to get an up-close look at the night sky.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • The dunes are prominently visible whether you're walking or driving through the park.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • The lakes and marsh beside the dunes formed as recently as 1950, when irrigation projects on the Snake River caused the water table to rise.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • On a typical summer day you'll be glad to find a spot underneath the trees. - Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • People look tiny atop this 470-foot-high sand dune, the central feature of the park.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • Sagebrush dominates the habitat surrounding the dunes.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • Trails branch out from the equestrian camp.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
  • There are a fair number of shade trees scattered throughout the park.- Bruneau Dunes State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Unique natural feature. Night sky observatory.
Cons: 
Can be crowded and hot in the summer.
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Region:
Owyhee Plateau, ID
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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A true gem of Western Idaho, Bruneau Dunes State Park provides a wide range of activities for the avid outdoorsperson and the casual tourist. It's a real treat for nature lovers. The park offers excellent habitat for migratory birds and is a hotspot for birding year-round.

The unique landscape of the park creates a playground for visitors of all ages. The dunes are off-limits to motorized vehicles, so people can hike safely along marked trails or explore the dunes on their own. The visitor center rents sand boards to more adventurous types.

The best part about visiting Bruneau Dunes is seeing the park at night. Stargazers will appreciate the night sky viewing opportunities as the dunes lies far away from the light pollution from big cities. The park even has an observatory with a 25-inch reflector telescope, the largest one in the United States, that is open to the public. On summer weekends the park staff offers educational astronomy programs with access to the observatory for a small fee.

There are several options for overnight visitors. The Broken Wheel Campground caters to tent and trailer campers. The Eagle Cove Campground provides all the amenities for RV camping. The Equestrian Campground has a horse corral and access to equestrian trailheads. Also, there is a pair of cabins for visitors looking for a less rustic experience.

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