Cozy, Pet-Friendly Winter Cabins Just Over an Hour from Twin
When you think about Bruneau Sand Dunes, you probably think about summer activities, like hiking the dunes or kayaking on the water; but Bruneau State Park offers winter activities complete with heated, pet-friendly accommodations.
Here’s how you get to Bruneau State Park
It’s not that far of a drive from Twin Falls. If the roads are good, you’re looking at about an hour and twenty-minute drive from Twin.
Bruneau State Park is fairly secluded in winter
If you want to get away from it all, Bruneau isn’t very busy during winter. Since winter isn't the best time of year for water activities, and the observatory is closed until spring, there aren’t as many visitors.
Epic hikes and sledding on the dunes
If you’ve never been sandboarding or sledding on sand dunes, here’s your opportunity to do it on the tallest single structure sand dune in North America. And if the dunes are covered in snow, it's all the more fun.
The Visitor’s Center is open daily
The Visitor Center is usually open from 9 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday and Sunday, and Friday and Saturday 9 am-6 pm. Hours can vary, so you might want to call ahead. (208) 366-7919
Cost to visit Bruneau State Park
If you’re just making a day trip of it, the entrance fee is only $7, or included in your Idaho State Parks passport.
You can rent heated cabins at Bruneau State Park
There are a couple of options if you want to stay the night in a heated cabin. Both units hold a max of five people, and one of the two units is pet-friendly. Each cabin has an outdoor fire pit and a picnic table, but the fire pits aren’t sheltered from the elements. If it’s been snowing recently, there’s a good chance the pit will be full of snow which might make fire building a pain. I suggest you bring your portable stove if you have one, just in case.
The cost to rent a cabin is $67 per night by reservation. Rates can vary depending on the date and there may be additional fees. You can search availability and book online on the Idaho Parks and Recreation website.
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