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Bruneau Dunes State Park

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Address: Highway 78 (off State Highway 51), Bruneau, ID
Phone Number: 2083667919
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Beautiful Place, Camping Can Be A Wildcard

We've been visiting and camping at Bruneau Sand Dunes for 10 years now. Gorgeous scenery. Lots to explore, from climbing the dunes to checking out the stars at the observatory. My... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 23, 2015
Doug M
Boise, Idaho
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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75 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Although we were there in October, the views were great, as were the dunes. They were not too hot as the warnings stated they could be. Families were visible, as were couples with dogs. Was very nice. Unbelievable that the dunes could be there amongst the rest of the surroundings. Camping is also available.

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Tilbury, Canada
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15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Interesting enough but I wouldn't budget a lot of time. Once you've seen it, you've seen it. The visitors center rents boards to ski the dunes but old guys like me don't want to break parts so I didn't do it.

Thank whatever2015
Houston, Texas
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77 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We heard of this park from a friend and were pleasantly surprised. The entrance fee is $5 and there are maps at the Visitor's Center. We drove to the turnaround (the road is well maintained and does not require a vehicle with a lot of clearance) and hiked around. The tallest dune in the park is 470'! It's really beautiful... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We've been visiting and camping at Bruneau Sand Dunes for 10 years now. Gorgeous scenery. Lots to explore, from climbing the dunes to checking out the stars at the observatory. My tips: Do the 5-mile hike around the park (map's at the visitor's center/ranger station); get in the observatory (check with the visitor's center or website for dates and hours);... More 

1 Thank Doug M
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The entire park is breathtaking. Go to the Visitor's Center first to speak with very friendly rangers and staff. Two rangers even helped us with a stubborn screw in our license plate that we were trying to change. (My daughter just moved to Idaho from Illinois.) We thought we could climb the Big Dune, but the heat and wind advised... More 

1 Thank Karen V
Natrona Heights pennsylvania
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Large sand dunes where you would not expect them in remote area of Southern Idaho. If driving from Boise we recommend exiting the major highway and taking the more scenic secondary routes. The park is well maintained and the cost per car entry minimal. There are no restrictions for climbing the dunes making it a fun family outing. Take along... More 

4 Thank Lawrence N
Star, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Captures a stunning display of sand dunes you might not expect to find in southern Idaho and a single-structured sand dune rises to 470 feet high above small lakes in the high desert of Idaho. Activities include fishing, bird watching, camping, hiking, swimming sand boarding and viewing the stars at one of only two public observatories in Idaho.

4 Thank Cheryl M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Desolate landscape. Seems like it should be a national monument rather than a state park, as it is such a unique place. We ran up the dunes barefoot and left our shoes at the bottom, as it was before noon and the sand seemed cool enough. We got to the top, started sliding down, and realized that the sand on... More 

4 Thank Ruth V
Marietta, Georgia
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141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We were staying in Twin Falls and drove down just to see the sand dunes (two hour drive). It was worth the trip---some interesting photos early in the day with the shadows. The staff at the visitor's center were friendly and informative. A beautiful bruneau jasper was on display in the center. Several bathrooms are available.

2 Thank ballhawg
Costa Mesa, California, United States
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425 reviews
266 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a really cool state park, with a variety of landscapes: desert, sand dune, marshland and prairie, with a couple of lakes. The big sand dune is the highest single-structure dune in all of North America, and the park is noteworthy in that the dunes don’t move because the prevailing winds blow from alternate directions at varying times, thus... More 

5 Thank Jim L

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