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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; 31 standard; 5 group; 2 ADA campsites; 2 cabins (1 ADA)
 
Amenities
Showers, flush toilets, dump stations, equestrian campground and trails
 
Boating
Ramps, electric motor boats only 
 
Activities
Fish, boat, swim, picnic, bird watch, hike, learn, horseback ride, sled, fly kites, star gaze, dune ski and sled
 
Groups
Group camp, 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
Yes, all campgrounds and the visitor center
 
GPS
42.91, -115.70972
 
Pets
Yes. Do not leave unattended. 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.

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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 on your skis or snowboard, 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

$16 per night

Serviced campsites 

$22 per night

Equestrian campsites

$14 per night

Group sites

$3 per person

Cabin

$50 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 viewing fee of $3 per person (children 5 and under are free of cost) for this.

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.

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. Click to reserve.

 

 

 


Bruneau Dunes State Park

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Bruneau Dunes State Park at Bruneau Dunes state park, Bruneau, ID 83604

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The Idaho State Parks Passport: Providing Savings for 2013!

When implemented, the Idaho State Parks Passport will allow Idaho motorists to check "Yes!" to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker will allow participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Nightly discounts on camping
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.

 

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; 31 standard; 5 group; 2 ADA campsites; 2 cabins (1 ADA)
 
Amenities
Showers, flush toilets, dump stations, equestrian campground and trails
 
Boating
Ramps, electric motor boats only 
 
Activities
Fish, boat, swim, picnic, bird watch, hike, learn, horseback ride, sled, fly kites, star gaze, dune ski and sled
 
Groups
Group camp, 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
Yes, all campgrounds and the visitor center
 
GPS
42.91, -115.70972
 
Pets
Yes. Do not leave unattended. 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

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 on your skis or snowboard, 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

$16 per night

Serviced campsites 

$22 per night

Equestrian campsites

$14 per night

Group sites

$3 per person

Cabin

$50 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 viewing fee of $3 per person (children 5 and under are free of cost) for this.

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.

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. Click to reserve.

 

 

 

Bruneau Dunes State Park

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Bruneau Dunes State Park at Bruneau Dunes state park, Bruneau, ID 83604

Download Bruneau Maps

Hiking Trail Map

Equestrian Map

Park Map

See video

The Idaho State Parks Passport: Providing Savings for 2013!

When implemented, the Idaho State Parks Passport will allow Idaho motorists to check "Yes!" to support Idaho State Parks by agreeing to pay an additional $10 in conjunction with renewing their license plates through the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) and County Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Offices.  The Passport sticker will allow participating Idahoans unlimited daytime entry to Idaho state parks, IDPR operated recreation areas and boating access sites. The Passport will also provide nightly discounts on camping.  

When you pay the additional $10 for your passport, you'll receive a sticker that will adhere to your motor vehicle.  The sticker will provide unlimited access to all 30 state parks for the entire registration year.  

Out-of-state guests will have a savings option too, with the purchase of an Idaho State Park Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual.

 

What Will $10 Buy You and Your Family?

  • Admittance to all 30 Idaho State Parks for a year
  • Nightly discounts on camping
  • Hundreds of miles of hiking, cycling, mountain biking and Nordic trails
  • Your favorite boat launches
  • Countless historical and cultural sites within your state parks

Good for Idaho, Good for Idahoans!

Idaho‘s State Park Passport is simply a sustainable way to pay for the maintenance and management of Idaho’s 30 cherished state parks.  For those Idahoans who choose to participate in the program, the Idaho State Parks Passport sticker will replace the $5 per motor vehicle entry fee currently in place at state parks while also providing nightly discounts on camping.  

Out of State Guests

Our out-of-state guests have savings options too! You can purchase a $40 Motor Vehicle Entry Fee (MVEF) Annual and receive access to all of Idaho's State Parks and nightly discounts on camping. MVEF Annuals can be purchased at any Idaho State Park and online.