Looking for a great trail near Bruneau, Idaho? AllTrails has 29 great views trails, wildlife trails, off road driving trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Bruneau Dunes State Park or Three Island Crossing State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Bruneau ranging from 1.2 to 79.6 miles and from 2,555 to 6,164 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



ohv / off road driving

bird watching

historic site


Bruneau, Idaho Map
2 months ago

This is so much fun for a couple hours worth of adventure! There really is no marked trail, because the ridge of the sand dune is the trail. It's impossible to maintain a marked trail up there because the sand is not stable, and is constantly blowing. The best way to do the said hike, is to go around the lake up to the dune, hike up to the ridge, and walk along it for the entire length of the lake. There really is no way to get lost, if that is a concern with the whole no designated path thing.

off trail
over grown
4 months ago

I enjoyed the hike, but I’m not sure why it’s rated as easy? The hike is up a large sand dune and follows the ridge. I couldn’t find the path between the 2 lakes so eventually went around both. I was glad I bought additional bug spay or else....

4 months ago

Fun hike! It costs $5 per vehicle to enter the park. If you do not have cash you can pay with a card at the trail center before 5pm. The trail is marked to a certain point up to the main dunes on the backside of the lake. Bugs were bad when I went, but still enjoyable.

4 months ago

Thought "Sand Dunes" were a misnomer in land-locked Idaho but boy was I wrong. Due to an environmental cataclysm 15,000 years ago there are significant dunes at this park, held in place by winds coming in opposite directions. Perhaps I was overly influenced by the sand that was immediately blown into my eye when opening the car door but I did not like this park. We attempted one path but found it poorly marked. Then, we thought we'd just walk around the lake but couldn't find enough cleared pathways to do it. The dunes were impressive to look at but the sand not fun to slog through. There are many better parks and paths in this part of Idaho.

4 months ago

Unique experience. This is the largest freestanding sand dune in North America. Morning in June was not too hot, but lots of mosquitoes by the water. Sand is a little tough to climb, but it’s worth it for some cool views and a run/slide down. Kid friendly. Instagram pics @marcomoore

horseback riding
no shade
7 months ago

Took the horses out for a ride during the Spring before it started to get hot. Our ride was beautiful, enjoyed the sunshine, and surprisingly no bugs. We spotted a small herd of antelope. It was a great workout for the horses even though it was a shorter ride.

Beautiful hike, just not in the heat of the summer.

Sun Nov 11 2018

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

Sat Sep 22 2018

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!

Sun Sep 16 2018

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

Sun Sep 02 2018

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

Sun Jul 29 2018

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!

Sun Jun 24 2018

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

Thu Jun 14 2018

This was a great trail for us on this beautiful day in June. The daytime temp was 79 degrees and no clouds in site. A good thing considering the road out to the trailhead would be impassable in our rear-wheel drive, high clearance van in a fair amount of rain. There are a lot of rocks and uneven places to slow you down. The van was rockin'. Our last trail hike was in southern Utah with the hoards of people in the national parks so this was a welcome change from that. It looked like no one had been out there in weeks. The trip down is steep but not bad. It looks ominous but as long as you pay attention you should be good. Once we got to the river there was a cool breeze. Big rocks in the river offer a place to soak the feet and look for wildlife. As other reviews warned, there was a lot of poison ivy. There is not much room to move around and the water was still fairly high. On the way out we did see a snake but after checking we think it was a gopher snake. All in all it was a difficult hike but very doable in 3 hours. The perfect conditions helped to with the hike and the drive in. We look forward to doing it again.

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!

Wed May 09 2018

This is the only trail I know that goes to the bottom of Bruneau Canyon. From the overlook, it is another 20 miles or so on a very rough dirt road - only high clearance vehicles should attempt it. The trail itself is mostly well-managed, although one section was washed out and required some moderate scrambling when I hiked it in August of 2017. The trail switchbacks down the east side of the canyon down to the river. Be careful around the river, as poison ivy grows abundantly. If you scramble over the rocks to your left at the bottom, you can wade into the shallow part of the river and further up the canyon. Schools of red band trout are prevalent in the warm waters.

Kids love this hike!

Wed Mar 28 2018

This is a short walk, but a real workout climbing in the loose sand.

Sat Jan 20 2018

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

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.

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.

Wed Apr 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.

Tue Mar 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.

Mon Aug 17 2015

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

Tue Jun 09 2015

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

Mon 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.

Fri Oct 31 2014

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

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