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Bruneau Dunes State Park

Highway 78 (off State Highway 51), Bruneau, ID
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Bruneau
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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241 reviews 241 reviews
140 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 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 

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Boise, Idaho
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My husband and our three girls spent the weekend at Bruneau Dunes State Park and had a wonderful time! We arrived with our trailer in the dark with no reserved camp site (RESERVE!! I wish I would of!) and ended up having to stay that night in a very crowded camp area. Most campsites are very close together, but if... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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29 reviews 29 reviews
27 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We have camped at Bruneau several times, mostly for the Observatory. They have a great program there, with a film, then, if the weather is cooperating, lots of telescopes set up outside to see the stars etc. You can also hike up any of several dunes, and the have a scorpion hunting trip at night. The campground isn't the nicest,... More 

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Aldergrove, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We camped two nights in the immaculate campsite with a view of the dunes. There are clean bathrooms, showers, and a nice shelter for gatherings. It has the observatory open on weekends, a few lakes with fish, and a good little vistor's centre with excellent details on the wildlife in the park. The staff are friendly and helpful. We were... More 

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Moscow, Idaho
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

When we first drove into the state park, we couldn't believe we were still in Idaho. The Dunes are amazing! During sunrise or sunset you can get stunning photos that look like they were taken on another planet. The campground was very dry and we could feel some of the prickly plants through our tent floor and the thick tarp... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

So the Dunes is a great place to visit as an evening trip. It is fun to climb and explore near sunset- and stay to visit the Observatory at dark on Fridays & Saturdays. All of the staff/volunteers are very nice and helpful, the presentation/movie is enjoyable too. Weather permitting you will have some really great views through their telescopes.... More 

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Glen Daniel, West Virginia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

If you have i Teresa in seeing some bona fide dunes this place is great. My daughters and I walked to the dunes and made our way to the top. You can't just climb to the top you kind of have to skirt around them. At a certain point your ankles will sink in sand and it is hot! We... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Campground is dryer than the dunes, the well must have run dry. Good grass and healthy trees can only be found at the visitor's center, even the bathrooms need overhauled. Not one of Id. Parks' pride and joys.

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Boise, Idaho
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

This past weekend we had visitors from CA and we were looking for things for them to see within a couple hours of Boise. It was suggested to me that we check out Bruneau Dunes State Park on the return from Shone Falls (see other review) and so glad we did! It's a bit out of the way, outside of... More 

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Nampa, Idaho, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Well worth going to, climbing up the dunes is fun. On the day we went it was very breezy, we were covered in sand but it's still fun.

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