by Kevin Hughes
on Saturday, March 10th, 2012 at 11:11pm.
As someone who's already an Idaho real estate owner, or planning to become one, the more you learn about this beautiful state,undoubtedly you're discovering the more amazing natural wonders exist here. One of these wonders, located just 18 miles southwest of historic Mountain Home, is Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park, a wonderful place where you can enjoy a wide variety of fun activities in the great outdoors.
For example, do you enjoy fishing, camping and/or hiking? Do it at the Dunes! There are boating ramps, for electric motors only. Why not take a beautiful, informative Guided Walk? Or visit the Education Center to learn more about the park's eco-system. Bird watching and swimming are also options, and Bruneau Dunes boasts one of Idaho's only two observatories - perfect for overnight camper stargazers!
You'll enjoy the information packed Visitor Center, featuring abundant, interesting facts about the dunes, fossils, wildlife and birds of prey. There's also a gift shop and an observatory. The observatory at Bruneau Sand Dunes is Idaho's largest public observatory. Open to visitors Friday and Saturday evenings, take the opportunity to enjoy the audiovisual program offered. After a program within the building, you can look through several telescopes to see the beautiful stars in the sky above. With no large city nearby, light pollution is minimal and the night sky is beautiful. Seating is limited and offered on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to show up early if you want to see the show.
If you're the "tenting" type of camper, there are 82 serviced campsites with water, showers, and electricity, and 16 regular sites. The park also has 2 cabins available for rent. If you're an equestrian, you'll be pleased to know you can even bring your horse along, and enjoy riding the 9 mile trail that surrounds the park.
You're welcome to climb the dunes, but no vehicles are permitted. The tallest dune in this high desert region of public Idaho property towers 470 feet above the high desert's small lakes.
The elevation is 2470 feet, and the park itself is comprised of 4800 acres. A smaller dune is located nearby.
Should you wish to have a gathering set in a rustically beautiful setting, you'll find meeting rooms available to reserve. There's even WiFi, as well as group shelters, showers, firewood for sale, a dump station and more.
You'll need to get any necessary registrations and permits, and can even obtain an annual passport which saves you considerable money and covers all your yearly visits to Idaho's 30 state parks, with unlimited day use access.
Being an Idaho home owner has many advantages, and exploring all of the outstanding beauty of the state parks makes it an even sweeter deal. Welcome home to Idaho!