Bruneau Dunes - Camp, Canoe, Hike, and Horseback near Bruneau, Idaho
27608 Sand Dunes Road Mountain Home, Idaho 83647,Bruneau,Idaho
42.9119790837744, -115.71534633636475
4.7 miles NE of Bruneau, Idaho
Address: 27608 Sand Dunes Road Mountain Home, Idaho 83647
GPS: 42°54'43.1"N 115°42'55.2"W
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State: Idaho

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Camp, Canoe, Hike, and Horseback

Bruneau Dunes State Park is home to the tallest single structure sand dune in North America, standing 470 ft above small lakes and campgrounds. The park itself is home to a wide variety of habitats, from prairie, dunes, marsh land, lakes, and desert. Because the park has such a wide variety, there is plenty to do while visiting. Visitors are allowed to hike up to the top of the dunes and take in the beautiful surroundings, however no motorized vehicles or off highway vehicles are allowed on the dunes. 

There is a visitors center which offers more information about the area, including information about animals, insects, plants, and fossils. At the park there are two cabins to rent as well as campgrounds available to the public. The camping season is one of the longest in Idaho, going from March until the late fall. 

Another unique feature of Bruneau Dunes is that within the park is Idaho's only public observatory. It is open on Friday and Saturday from mid-March through mid-October. During the summer months local astronomy clubs come together and host stargazing parties as well as other events for the public to attend. 


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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Bruneau, Idaho

  1. Head southeast on Belle St/Colyer Rd toward Myrtle St
    Continue to follow Belle St
    (0.1 mi)
  2. Turn left onto ID-51 N/ID-78 E (4.7 mi)
  3. Turn right onto ID-78 E (1.7 mi)
  4. Turn right onto Bruneau Sand Dunes Rd
    Destination will be on the right
    (1.0 mi)

The park is located south of Mountain Home, Idaho, outside of Bruneau.

64 miles south of Boise, ID
259 miles north of Ogden, UT
181 miles north of Elko, NV
115 miles southeast of Ontario, OR.

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