Bruneau Dunes State Park Is Weird And Should Not Exist
The Bruneau Sand Dunes are a Southern Idaho destination that I have heard people talk about for more than a decade and I have never been there, until this last weekend. I had heard stories of the mountains of sand, people sledding down the dunes, and playing in the small lake. But those stories didn't really prepare us for the sight when you get your first glimpse of the sand dunes. The mountains of sand look so out of place that they would have to be man-made. But, these dunes have stood in the valley for thousands of years and were established in 1967 as a park in 1967. Check them out in the gallery below. The tallest part of the dunes stands around 470 feet high, which is a lot more sand than I expected. During normal times there is more to do at the park, but during the COVID-19 camping and educational facilities are closed. The lake and dunes were still open to the public.
We had a fun day at the park, but we did learn that our regular snow sleds were no good on the hills. The only success we had was using snowboards to get down the sandy slopes. Normally you can rent sand boards from the visitor center so you'll probably have better luck than we did if you use those. I do guarantee though that the Bruneau Dunes would be most excellent during the winter. The lake was cold so none of the kids were willing to get in and play but I'd bet the cold waters are more inviting on hot summer days rather than windy spring days. There are a few small ponds around the area. The ones we saw were full of tadpoles and the water felt good on the kids' feet.
The $5 fee for the park is still in effect so be prepared with exact change to get in.