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 State 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 sand board 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 and gaze at the night sky through the Observatory's collection of telescopes. (Observatory open Friday and Saturday evenings, April through mid-October.)
Rented a cabin in April/May as it was expected to be rainy & chilly! Surprisingly, the weather warmed up a bit so it was just windy & chilly at night.
The only bad thing was (and it's not the park's fault) that Mountain Home AFB decided to do JET maneuvers at 1, 2, and 3 AM , causing a night's sleep to be non-existent!
Will definately be back during warmer weather for TENT camping, hopefully on a weekend so the observatory will be open! Currently, it's only open on Friday & Saturday! I was there earlier in the week!
If you don't want to leave Idaho but you want to feel like you're in the dessert, this is an awesome place to camp! We stayed here during Boise Questival and found that it was close, conveneient, and reasonable pricing! Happy camping!
Great campground in the middle of no where. No wifi contrary to their claims online. Still plenty to do even though it was really hot.
Had an amazing time at the Bruneau Dunes State Park!!
it rained the evening that I arrived but each campsite had a sturdy covered area over a pick nick table. It was amazing!
The next day, the weather cleared up and we were able to explore the sand dunes. It was windy which made the heat more bareable.
MOSQUITOS!!! If you are sensitive to mosquito bites, call the park rangers for an update before you make the drive. The dunes are amazing, but the mosquitos were so thick it made camping miserable. 5 minutes out of the car and i already had 15 bites! Kids that had been there a day or two looked like they were suffering from chicken pox. We were there at the end of June. Best to hit this park at a less buggy time of year. The observatory is really neat, try and be there on a friday or saturday night for one of their programs, but be forewarned, they leave the doors open, and the observatory is just steps away from a mosquito incubator (i.e. a swamp).