Bruneau Dunes State Park

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Bruneau Dunes State Park


(208) 366-7919

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The tallest single-structured sand dune in North America 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 observatory's in Idaho. Feel free to climb but no vehicles are allowed on the dunes. A visitor center offers information on all birds of prey, insects, fossils, wildlife and sand dunes and gift items for purchase. Two cabins are available for rent. Also 82 serviced with W/E and 16 standard sites.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation manages 30 state parks. They also run the registration program for snowmobiles, boats and off-highway vehicles. Money from registrations and other sources goes to develop and maintain trails, facilities and programs statewide for the people who use those vehicles. The agency manages a series of outdoor recreation grant programs that provide facilities and services to a wide variety of recreationists and the local governmental and nongovernmental organizations that serve them.

Map of Bruneau Dunes (ID)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.899688, -115.676615



  • Boating

    Ramps, electric motors only.

  • Camping

    Broken Wheel Campground. Amenities include individual sites with or without water and electrical hook-ups, central shower, restroom facility, and dumpstation. There are also cabins to rent. Select sites offer sun and wind shelters.

  • Climbing

    Feel free to climb on the sand dunes.

  • Fishing

    Great fishing opportunities.

  • Hiking

    Lots of hiking is available in and around the Dunes area.

  • Historic Sites

    Guided walks, programs, education center, and observatory.

  • Picnicking

    Group shelters and meeting rooms available.

  • Water Sports

    Boating, fishing and swimming.

  • Winter Sports




From I-84 at Mountain Home take Exit 95, travel S. on Hwy 51 approximately 15 miles, then travel E. on Hwy 78 for approximately 4 miles.

Phone Numbers


(208) 366-7919

Campground reservations

(888) 922-6743