Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Pros

Unique natural feature. Night sky observatory.

Cons

Can be crowded and hot in the summer.

Features

ADA accessible
Geologically significant
Campgrounds + Campsites
Showers
Flushing toilets
Boat ramp(s)
Bicycling
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Fishing
Horseback riding
Bird watching
Wildlife

Site type

Full hookups
Cabins

Location

Field Guide

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