Bruneau Dunes State Park RV & Campground Guide

Idaho

Ever dream of exploring the sand dunes of the desert? Believe it or not, you can do just that in Bruneau, Idaho at Bruneau Dunes State Park.

This park has a large number of amazing sand dunes, including the largest single-structure sand dune in North America. Hike the dunes using hiking boots or slide down them using a sand board. Either way, you’re sure to have a blast!

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Weather
Spring 32-75 F
Summer 52-94 F
Fall 29-68 F
Winter 23-49 F
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Nearby Cities
Boise, ID
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Bruneau Dunes State Park

One of the best ways to see any state park is by camping. This is just perfect since you will need someplace to stay during your visit. No, this doesn’t have to mean tent camping. In fact, we recommend taking the more comfortable route and RV camping instead. 

Obviously, this will require that you have an RV to take with you. RVshare has got you covered there, with hundreds of awesome RV rentals of all shapes and sizes. Search our huge database and find the perfect rig for your sand dune adventure. 

Wondering where to park this perfect RV? One option is to park inside of Bruneau Dunes State Park itself. The in-park campground has everything you need, including some sites with water and electric hookups. Rates here are affordable, and you simply cannot beat the convenience of staying right onsite. 

Of course, there are other options should you prefer to stay outside of the state park. Check out these area campgrounds and RV parks to find one that suits your needs:

Cottonwood Campground

With rates of only $8 per night in summer and $4 per night in winter, you cannot beat Cottonwood Campground as a budget-friendly camping option.

The park doesn’t offer much in the way of amenities, but it’s a lovely place otherwise, and the location is great for exploring the great outdoors in southern Idaho. Additionally, the campground offers fishing and boating opportunities. 

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: No
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes 
  • Other amenities: Potable water; tables; grills; fire pits; dumpster; vault toilets

Gem State RV Park

Looking for full hookups? Gem State RV Park is your place. This park has everything you need for a comfortable camping trip, including welcoming staff and lovely shade trees. Best of all, the location is just perfect for exploring Bruneau Dunes State Park, as well as other local attractions.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Clean bathhouses; laundry facilities; propane available

Wagon Wheel RV Park

Located less than 30 minutes from Bruneau Dunes State Park and only about 35 minutes from Boise, Wagon Wheel RV Park is another great option. The park offers well-kept gravel pads, clean restrooms and showers, and year-round accommodations. What more could you want?

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: No

Other amenities: Clean bathhouses; full hookups

Trail Break RV Park and Campground

A well-loved park, Trail Break RV Park and Campground is another fantastic option. The park is close to the interstate, making it easy to hop on and reach nearby attractions, but not so close that road noise keeps guests up at night. It may be small, but this park has some serious charm, leaving everyone pleased with their stay. 

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Clean bathhouses; pull-through sites; kid-friendly

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What to Do at
Bruneau Dunes State Park

Inside Bruneau Dunes State Park

With lodging plans made, now it’s time to focus on what exactly you’ll do while in Bruneau Dunes State Park. Fortunately, there are plenty of options:

Walking/Hiking — As is the case in most state parks, Bruneau Dunes State Park offers some pretty awesome hiking opportunities. Hiking is a fabulous way to explore the dunes, and hiking the dunes is certainly a unique experience. Just be sure to wear good boots!

Sand Sledding — Have you ever slid down a giant sand dune? If not, it’s high time you did. This is a super fun activity that kids and adults will both thoroughly enjoy. Pick up a sand board at the front of the park and get ready to have an amazing time! 

Fishing — The lakes at the bottom of the sand dune area are perfect for fishing. You will need to bring your own gear, but you’ll be glad you did because the bluegill fishing in these lakes is fantastic. 

Horseback Riding — In addition to hiking, horseback riding is also a great way to explore this amazing park. In fact, the park even boasts equestrian facilities complete with corrals, water spigots, and 15 campsites so you can stay close by. 

Star Gazing Lastly, this park is a wonderful place to do some stargazing. The remote location of the park means there is very little light pollution, and the onsite observatory can make your night sky observations even more exciting.

Outside Bruneau Dunes State Park

There are also some pretty cool things to see and do outside of the state park. Therefore, those looking to get out and about for a bit should have no trouble at all finding something that suits their fancy. Here are a few of our favorite options:

Restaurants

You’re probably going to want something to eat during your day trip. Lucky for you, there are a few great restaurants in the area. Try one of these amazing eateries for great service and a great meal:

Cowboy’s Pastime

A laid-back grill with some yummy eats and friendly atmosphere, Cowboy’s Pastime is a local favorite for a reason. Here they serve up cold beer alongside steaks and burgers hot off the grill. Stop in for lunch or dinner and leave with a full belly and a smile on your face. 

Type: American

Location: Bruneau, ID

Shiok Restaurant

In the mood for Asian fare? Shiok Restaurant can help you out there. This well reviewed little eatery offers a wide variety of menu items including some fabulous egg rolls that we just can’t get enough of. Best of all, the people at this restaurant are friendly and accommodating, doing their best to make every guest happy. 

Type: Asian

Location: Mountain Home, ID

Bruneau One Stop

Sometimes you just need a quick bite to eat. However, “quick” doesn’t have to mean “yucky”. In fact, those who eat at Bruneau One Stop will tell you quite the opposite. This hole-in-the-wall shop may not seem like much, but they offer super quick service and amazingly yummy food that you’re sure to enjoy. 

Type: Quick service

Location: Bruneau, ID

Sightseeing

First, we will discuss the sightseeing options in the area. From museums to other opportunities for nature exploration, there is something for everyone in your group.

Jump Creek Recreation Area

Those looking for more outdoor fun will adore the nearby Jump Creek Recreation Area. Here you can admire the waterfall, enjoy a swim at the base of the falls, or take a hike. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as well!

Location: Marsing, ID

Lawson’s Emu-Z-Um

An interesting little museum, Lawson’s Emu-Z-Um presents the history of the area in a fun and family-friendly way. Exhibits feature a wide variety of artifacts, and the owners are knowledgeable and happy to chat. Be sure to check out the museum’s namesake emu while you’re there!

Location: Grand View, ID

Wineries and Vineyards

This part of Idaho is brimming with wonderful vineyards and wineries. If you enjoy wine at all, you will want to make sure to take the time to visit a couple of these. Here you can learn about how wine is made and taste a few different kinds. You might even find a new favorite! Huston Vineyards, Williamson Orchards and Vineyards, Sawtooth Winery, Hat Ranch Winery and Vineyard, Koenig Vineyards, Hells Canyon Winery and Zhoo Zhoo, Fujishin Family Cellars.

Location: Owyhee County, ID

Owyhee County Museum and Library

Another great place to learn about the history of Owyhee County is Owyhee County Museum and Library. This small yet informative museum is very well-put-together and well worth a visit while you’re in the area. 

Location: Murphy, ID

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How to Get to
Bruneau Dunes State Park

Bruneau Dunes State Park is located just off of ID-78, east of ID-51 and on the south side of the road. 

The address of the park is:

27608 Bruneau Sand Dunes Rd

Bruneau, ID 83604

Entering Bruneau Dunes State Park

The fee is the same for residents and out-of-state visitors alike, and remains the same on weekdays, weekends, and holidays. Those who plan to visit multiple Idaho State Parks should consider investing in the $10 state park annual pass in order to save money.

Per vehicle : $5

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