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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
Activities: Walking
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Moscow, Idaho
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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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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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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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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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Helena, MT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We camped here on our way to a vintage trailer rally in California. We were enticed by the ranger led/interpreted "dark sky" telescope experience. There were lots of very big scope in evidence plus the huge one at the observatory on site. Plus, a solar scope. Never saw one of those before and never had a chance to look right... More

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Everett, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

This was my first desert camping experience and it was wonderful! I am accustomed to camping in Washington State where there is lots of privacy at campsites due to all the trees and brush so I felt a bit exposed at first. This campground is wide open. But it was so beautiful I settled right in. The ranger was friendly... More

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Gilbert, Arizona
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130 reviews 130 reviews
58 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

Overall the park may not be much to look at but definitely worth the time. Climbing the dunes is a great workout and great way to look out at the surrounding area. If you are into stargazing this place is for you. At night it gets completely dark and the observatory is great. I'm into photography and if you want... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Beautiful! We detoured off the highway on a whim, and were really happy we stopped. We (child/teens/adult) climbed to the top, rolled down, climbed again. We watched sunset from the top as the coyotes howled in the distance. Looked like a nice place to camp for a night (not a lot of trees). As we left at dark, many cars... More

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