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“This Park is All About the Timing”

Bruneau Dunes State Park
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Bruneau
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Naively the wife and I entered this park not knowing just what to expect and ended up disappointed as we could've just drove in without paying the $5 entrance fee and stopping in at the Visitor's Center where we should've asked the question, "Is the Observatory open?" We then could've paid the entrance fee if it had been. Well it wasn't open in the middle of the very hot afternoon so we just had the sand dunes to enjoy in approximately 100 degrees weather (7 degrees humidity! Having grown up around the Indiana Dunes on Lake Michigan these were quite a bit bigger, but not worth the trip in the summer to see without something else like the observatory to enjoy. Frankly you can see many of these same dunes outside the Park in and around the immediate Bruneau area without any charge.

2  Thank Steven S
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

A great place to go spring camping and the Dunes are awesome!!!

Thank HavingFunNow61
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

The VC had just the right amount of exhibits and "stuff" to help you appreciate your visit. We did the 6 miles RT loop hike from the VC up onto and across the sand dunes and back. It rained a little the night before so it was a little easier walking through the sand than it might be after several dry days. It was in the low 70's with a light breeze - you would not want it to be too much warmer or to go if it wasvery gusty or windy. Bring a sledding saucer to sled down the dunes on. There is an observatory there but we were only there during the day so did not experience this feature. The campgrounds we saw were nice. The loop trail is not used much and we lost the trail for the last mile but you could see the VC so we just walked towards it. Some flowers were blooming in May. Bring water. A pleasant visit and worth driving out of the way to experience. If you want to walk the dunes - give yourself a couple of hours. You can start closer if you begin by the observatory.

1  Thank william b
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

I grew up here so not so exciting to me any more,but for some one to come that hasn't been here it's great.A lot of things to do,but try when it's not super hot.

Thank Cassandra C
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Reviewed May 6, 2012

Massive mountain of sand to climb, lake is OK for kayaking (but no swimming). Has an observatory for star gazing. Easy to get to.

2  Thank Larry J
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