The tallest sand dune rises to 470 feet high above small lakes in the high desert south of Mountain Home. The state park includes desert, dune, prairie, lake and marsh habitat with opportunities to observe nocturnal species. Activities include fishing, birdwatching, camping, hiking, swimming and viewing the stars at one of only two public observatories in Idaho. Feel free to climb but no vehicles are allowed on the dunes. A visitor center offers information on birds of prey, insects, fossils, wildlife and the sand dunes. A variety of gift items are available for purchase. Two cabins are available for rent. Also 82 serviced with W/E and 16 standard sites. The Equestrian Area provides facilities for visitors to camp with their horses and there is a 9-mile riding trail around the park.
I didn't expect to have as great of a time as I did. It was a blast!! We climbed the tallest dune and it was so, so difficult (we discovered at the top that we went the most difficult way possible, almost straight up. derp.) but it was amazing watching the sunset from atop of the dune. Running down the front was really fun as well. We had never seen a giant sand dune before this, so maybe that's why it blew our minds.
We thought we could go around the lake to the lot instead of going back the way we came, and it was a terrible idea. It looks passable but it's not, it's very marshy and easy to get lost in. We almost got stuck out there with no light, and barely found our way back before the last bit of light was gone. We thought we were going to have to sleep out there. Lol. Don't do that.
If you want some nature time that's different from the usual hike, this is a great choice.
It's amazing how this sand dunes got formed here out of nowhere.. If you like hiking you can do a good 10 mile round trip here. Start very early in the morning as it gets hot very soon. The campground has a hot shower which is relaxing after the long walk.. If weather permits lay down and watch one of the clearest sky in North America. I got my first star trail photo here..
I went hiking here recently and it was absolutely magnificent. The lake was covered by ice in which ducks and geese were constantly taking off and landing. It was also very quiet and I have never heard the sound of ducks and geese flying overhead until then. Who knew it sounded like a small jet? Overall, I would recommend this place to anybody and everybody who likes nature at its finest. Just be sure to watch for coyotes if you plan to stay as the sun starts setting.