Following years of planning and fundraising, park officials in southern Idaho are preparing for the first public viewing to take place inside the new observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park. The new addition to the observatory grounds was officially dedicated on June 1.

It's been nearly four months since we first reported on the new observatory planned at Bruneau Dunes State Park that features a powerful addition that visitors can use to better view the nighttime sky above. Many in southern Idaho are celebrating the dedication of the new observatory this week which cost an estimated $2.7 million, according to

We shared images of the new CDK 700 Telescope being installed by crews back in February, thanks to area photographer Doug Stoneback. Park Manager Bryce Bealba spoke with Townsquare Media of Twin Falls as the addition was under construction and was optimistic that the public would get its first look inside the new observatory by the summer of 2023. That opportunity will take place on June 16.

My family and I first visited the park in 2020 for a campout, but due to Covid-19 were unable to get access to the observatory. The park also features dunes that stand over 400 feet tall and can be hiked and sandboarded on. "The Pond" is also a great spot to kayak, and most campsites feature water spigots and firepits; only two tents are allowed per site.

To purchase tickets, or get more information about visiting the new observatory at Bruneau Dunes State Park, call 208-366-7919.

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