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Bruneau Dunes State Park

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Address: Highway 78 (off State Highway 51), Bruneau, ID
Activities: Walking

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Middle of nowhere, but worth the drive

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
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Marietta, Georgia
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Star, Idaho
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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.

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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 

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Marietta, Georgia
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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.

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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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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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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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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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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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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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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