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.

hiking
2 months ago

The Bruneau sand dunes trails are fun and clearly marked. The trail from the campground to the observatory has informational signs along the way that tell about the animals that live at the dunes. Just watch for rattlesnakes, scorpions, and wind.

hiking
3 months ago

Was neat if you can deal with heat wind and sand in all places. There are various arrowheads and rocks to find. Good place to visit at least once.

camping
8 months ago

Great place to camp early spring. Great hiking, sand boarding, biking, horseback riding. Great for the whole family. Many kids for your own to play with.

hiking
8 months ago

great place to take the dogs. Went on a warm spring day and the sand felt amazing. It was cool to be able to walk on top of the dunes around the lakes. There is also tons of room for dogs to run and the lakes are small and good for kayaking.

walking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015

Hike up to the dunes early in the morning. After you reach the top, running back down is your reward :)

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Great time with my grandchildren sliding down the sand and splashing in the lakes. Really cool natural wonder.

hiking
Monday, May 04, 2015

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.

camping
Friday, October 31, 2014

This area has unique beauty. Definitely worth taking a trip here and checking out the Bruneau Sand Dunes.

hiking
Friday, October 31, 2014

This is a fun, unique area. The hike is worth it, especially heading up to the top of the dunes. Lots of areas to picnic and make a day out of a trip to the dunes. Don't go on a windy day!

camping
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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..

hiking
Thursday, September 05, 2013

hiking
Thursday, August 22, 2013

Best time to go is anytime but in the heat of summer. And the best place for star gazing.

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2011

Great place to go. Really cool landscapes. Highest freestanding sand dunes. You can climb all over them. Don't miss it if you're in the area.