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Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory

With one of the longest camping seasons in the Idaho Parks system, Bruneau Dunes State Park offers ample stargazing and camping opportunities throughout the year. Of particular interest is the Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory, which hosts a 25-inch (64 cm) Newtonian reflecting telescope in addition to other large telescopes, although binocular and naked-eye viewing…read more »

With one of the longest camping seasons in the Idaho Parks system, Bruneau Dunes State Park offers ample stargazing and camping opportunities throughout the year. Of particular interest is the Bruneau Dunes State Park Observatory, which hosts a 25-inch (64 cm) Newtonian reflecting telescope in addition to other large telescopes, although binocular and naked-eye viewing are also encouraged. The observatory sits in a beautiful, dark-sky location with pristine skies which rate at class 2 in the Bortle scale, located only about an hour from the state’s capital, Boise. Weather permitting, the observatory is open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights—with the exception of 3-day holiday weekends—from late March through mid-October. A friend of EarthSky shared the following: “One of the only good places to stargaze in Idaho. There is nothing to block your vision, and there is an observatory at the park as well.”

Deborah Byrd