One Of The Most Incredible Desert Landscapes In The Country Is Right Here In Idaho

The West is home to some truly magnificent natural wonders, and Idaho is no stranger to having its own fair share of incredible geologic formations. Uniquely, in addition to our treasured mountains, intense rivers, and volcanic landscape, Idaho is also home to a few huge and surprisingly diverse sand dunes with options for hiking, sand boarding, wildlife viewing, and more. So while you may never have thought about hiking through Idaho’s own miniature Saharas for your next spring adventure, there’s more than a few reasons why you should!

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Looking for an adult-sized sandbox to explore without the hike? Check out the St. Anthony Sand Dunes!

The Bruneau Sand Dunes may not be a hidden gem for native southern Idahoans, but there’s definitely more to appreciate about these structures than meets the eye! If you’ve ever visited Bruneau Dunes State Park, we’d love to see your photos.

Official Directions: You can find the entrance off of Highway 51, south of Mountain Home. After crossing the Snake River turn left on to ID Highway 78. Proceed 2 miles to park entrance, which is on the right. A nominal state park fee applies.