Bruneau Dunes State Park Idaho

The Observatory and our rig at Bruneau Dunes

We drove from Emigrant Springs State Park in Oregon along I-84 through Boise and on to the state park south of Mountain Home passing through Boise and following the Snake River.

 

Bruneau Dunes is a lovely state park in southern Idaho surrounded by some tall dunes (largest single structure dunes in North America) and a few lakes.

 

The state park has two campgrounds, Broken Wheel Campground and Eagle Cove Campground, both of which are easily accessible by big rigs and offer open sites (minimal trees), level, and a variety of hookups. Most sites offer nice views of the surrounding countryside and dunes. Broken Wheel has 3 sections, dry camping, full hookups, and water/electric. The campground is designed to look like a wagon wheel and all sites are inside a circle and all sites are back-in.

 

Eagle Cove Campground, which is nearby to Broken Wheel, has a variety of pull-thru sites in addition to back-ins and still provides nice views. We stayed in Eagle Cove Campground only because it was a weekend when we arrived and that was the area were there were a few sites available. It was pretty busy when we arrived and it was end of September. But after the weekend the place cleared out and we were by ourselves, except for the host. Obviously, this is a weekend destination campground for the locals.

 

Located at the Eagle Cove Campground are 2 cabins which can be rented. They are adorable with a porch swing and fantastic views of the dunes.

 

Campground: Eagle Cove Campground
Location: South of Mountain Home, Idaho
Site: 62 (pull-thru)
Cost: $24 (Idaho State Resident price)
Services: W/E (30AMP)
Comments: A lovely campground with lots of opportunities for hiking and sledding through the nearby sand dunes. Definitely a fun place to visit to explore the dunes but it is very windy atop the dunes.

 

There are multiple hiking trails in the area and of course, you can hike the ridges of the dunes if you dare.  Atop the dunes the wind is unbelievable and not only will it possibly knock you down, you will also have sand in every crevice of your body. But, boy, was it FUN!  Bring you sled and slide down the dunes. We love this place and had a blast!

 

The state park is also known for its observatory and the park puts on telescope viewing shows and events during the summer.