With one of the longest camping seasons in the Idaho Parks system, Bruneau Dunes State Park offers camping opportunities throughout the year. Campsites and cabins are available with plenty of first-come, first-served sites too.
Bruneau Dunes park boasts the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America with a peak rising 470 feet above the surrounding desert floor. Explore the dunes in your hiking boots or rent a sandboard from the Visitor Center, but off-road vehicles are only permitted on the main road.
You can also fish for bluegill in the lakes at the foot of the dune; unlock the mystery of the desert with a breathtaking hike or horseback ride; plan a group picnic or visit the Bruneau Dunes Observatory (during non-COVID-19 times) and gaze at the night sky through the Observatory’s collection of telescopes.
Bruneau Dunes State Park Idaho
27608 Bruneau Sand Dunes Rd, Bruneau, ID 83604, United States
Day-use locations within state parks are open from 7 am to 10 pm, per Idaho state code 26.01.20 (5). Day-use hours may change based on park manager discretion.
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.
Bruneau Dunes State Park is a great place to ride your horse. The equestrian area has corrals and water spigots for your horses. There is a vault toilet and a small shelter with picnic tables. The area includes 19 non-reservable campsites.
See the night sky as you’ve never seen it before. Observatory tours and solar viewing (through a specially adapted telescope) begin one hour before sunset, and are free of cost.
Following that, visitors can view short orientation program and then have the chance to survey the heavens through the observatory’s collection of telescopes. There is a per person viewing fee (children 5 and under are free of cost). Check event listings for fees.
The observatory is open to the public from early April through mid-October on Friday and Saturday nights only, weather permitting. For presentation times, call 208-366-7919, or check the kiosk when you arrive at the park.
*Observatory nights are only held on Friday and Saturday nights, with the exception of 3-day holiday weekends.
Observatory update (September 2021): In order to make needed repairs on the building, we have decided to close the Observatory a little early this season. We apologize to those hoping to reserve a spot in October. We hope to resume normal programs in the spring and to see you here!
Please note: UAV/Drone use is only permitted in the designated UAV area (contact the park for location). Flight outside of the designated are is strictly prohibited.
Our small (11’ 3” square) camper cabins are situated with an excellent view of the dunes and sleeps five on a bunk bed and futon. From the large front porch, you can sit on the swing and gaze out at the dunes. The cabins are furnished with a small table, two small benches, electricity, and an A/C & heating unit. Each cabin has a picnic table and fire ring. Guests must bring their own bedding.
Mid-October through mid-March; water and restroom/shower facilities are not available. Vault toilets are located nearby.
The charge for cabin rental is $67-72 per night. Reservations can be made by calling Reserve America at 888-922-6743 or booking online at www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov
For same day cabins stays please call the park ahead of arrival to ensure availability. No Walk-Ins will be accepted for Cabins after 3pm MST.
Sandboarding is a fun and unique way to experience the dunes. Board rentals are available at the park Visitor Center daily, $15 for one board or $25 for two. There are two styles available for rent-stand up and sled.
Know before you go. Call the Visitor Center for office hours, especially during off season. 208-366-7919
Board rentals are stopped for the day when:
Air temperature reaches 80* at the park
1.5 hours before Visitor Center closing time
Boards must be returned 30 minutes before Visitor Center closing time.
No refunds on board rentals.
No overnight board rentals.
You can book stays in any Idaho State Park for up to 9 months in advance from today’s date.
Idaho State Park Rules
Idaho’s Department of Parks and Recreation tries to keep the rules simple. Above all we want you to have fun and relax in Idaho State Parks. We ask that you use common sense and courtesy when visiting our parks.
Fireworks are prohibited
Dogs must be confined or on a leash
Dogs are not allowed at Harriman State Park
Camping is permitted only in designated areas
Quiet time starts at 10 pm
Sites cannot be “saved” for someone else
All equipment and vehicles must be within the designated camp site
Generally stays are limited to 15 days in a 30-day period
Day-use only areas within parks or campgrounds are open from sunrise to sunset.
Check-in time is 2 p.m. for campsites and 3 p.m. for facilities (local park time).
Checkout time is 1 p.m. for campsites and 12 p.m. for facilities (local park time).
Late checkouts may incur additional fees unless prior arrangements have been made.
All Idaho State Parks are ADA friendly and support service animals.
Ramps, electric motor boats only.
Leave No Trace
Idaho State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
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