AAA Editor Notes
Bruneau Dunes State Park is 5 mi. n. on SR 51/78, then 2 mi. e. on SR 78 to 27608 Sand Dunes Rd. Windblown sands have collected in this swale for about 15,000 years. The relatively constant winds have formed what is said to be the tallest single-structured sand dune in North America; its peak towers 470 feet above two shallow lakes at its base.
A visitor center features natural history displays, while The Bruneau Observatory, one of the largest public facilities of its kind in the Northwest, boasts a 25-inch reflector telescope.
Interpretive programs are available by appointment. The 4,800-acre park also has hiking and equestrian trails, as well as lakes for fishing and non-motorized boating.
Summer temperatures in the park occasionally reach 100 F, and winter lows can fall below zero. Walking on the dunes is permitted, but vehicles must stay on the roads at all times.
Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.