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.

backpacking
3 days ago

Great spot with plenty of activities. Surprisingly a lot of wildlife.

hiking
1 month ago

Visited on 9/12/18. Had a hard time finding the “trail” so we didn’t actually do the loop. We just walked around near the lake. The sand is a great workout but gets hot easily. I think the high that day was 70 but the dogs’ paws seemed to bother them pretty quickly so we weren’t out long. We picnicked at a table near the lake and it was nice and quiet. Bring bug spray!

Definitely should try it if in the area. Sand was a great workout. Can get very hot

Nice views, trail not distinct as the sand allows you to go wherever. Sand gives you a nice workout.

3 months ago

Never hiked in a desert enviro before. It was quite strenuous if you climb the dunes. Make sure you hike in the morning. Beautiful scenery and a great fishing. Has camp sites, a star observatory and free wifi. A very cool experience!

hiking
4 months ago

Incredibly fun and astoundingly beautiful! It feels like you've left Idaho! Highly recommend renting sand sleds and/or boards from the visitor's center. Hilarious and unforgettable!

Very beautiful area. Super dog and child friendly! It was $5 to enter the park. I suggest bringing a sled or skis if you want to have some extra fun on the dunes! Also, don’t forget insect/mosquito repellent!!! There are a TON of mosquitoes once you enter the tree overlay!! Overall 8/10 experience

We went on Mother's Day this year it was a really fun trail. The view is beautiful and the kids had a blast. However, the mosquitoes were horrid! We all left covered in mosquito bites. so make sure you bring your bug spray!

Kids love this hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Good trail. Nice to be able to go where you want and not be confined to trails. Beautiful views.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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.

Friday, July 07, 2017

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
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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.

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, 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.

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