With one of the longest camping seasons in the Idaho Parks system, Bruneau Dunes State Park offers camping opportunities throughout the year. Campsites and cabins are available with plenty of first-come, first-served sites too. “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.”
Before leaving the state park, be sure to stop by the Bruneau Dunes Observatory to see the stars through their 25 inch Newtonian reflecting telescope, as well as several other large telescopes, binoculars, and beautiful naked eye viewing. The Bruneau Observatory is in a beautiful, dark-sky location perfect for observing the cosmos, while conveniently being only about an hour from the state’s capital, Boise. While the stars steal the show at the observatory, there is much to learn about there, including information about the dunes and the wildlife (scorpions glow under UV light, and staff often does a scorpion walk to provide visitors something to do in between looking through the telescopes). All presentations, solar viewing, and observatory tours are free and open to the public.
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