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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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Glen Daniel, West Virginia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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121 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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116 reviews 116 reviews
52 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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Portland, OR
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97 reviews 97 reviews
44 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Bruneau Dunes state park has a few sand dunes located in a depression in the Snake River Valley. The landscape is one of stark desert look, and the tall dunes with their two small lakes offer a subtle charm. Don't expect brightly colored sands, everything is shades of grey and has that dusty sun-baked quality. Two campgrounds are on site,... More

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Boise, Idaho
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Decided to stop on the way home from Twin Falls. The dunes are literally mountains of sand that should be seen at least once in a lifetime! There is an observatory that does night sky viewing. Wish I would have planned ahead to camp and stay for the comet viewing. Plan to watch the sunset from the top!

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