NOTE: This Meetup is only for if you will be camping. Please sign up for the Day Hike event if you will not be camping.
Start Spring off right with car camping and some great, easy hiking! Located south of Mountain Home on the Snake River, the Bruneau Dunes are the tallest single structure dunes in North America and they are open for hiking and exploring (even sand boarding!). I'm planning on hiking along the spine of the big dunes on Saturday and maybe do a little night hiking. I will check to see if there will be any programs going on at the observatory.
You can reserve a campsite through ReserveAmerica:
It's still March, so we may luck out and have great weather or it may be rainy and cold - either way, I'm going!
When: Friday, March 29 - Sunday March 31
Where: Bruneau Dunes, Broken Wheel Campground
Friday - Arrive and setup.
Saturday - Hike the dunes, starting at 11:00 a.m. and explore the area. I wasn't planning a pot luck dinner for this trip but I might be setting up my potato fryer, so bring something if you feel like it.
Sunday - explore some more and then break camp.
Campsites with just tent pads and awnings or with water and electric hookups are available. Restrooms with showers are in the center of the campground.
As of posting, there are still many campsites open for that weekend but they will fill up quickly, so reserve yours now (my campsite is on the far western side of the "wheel"). There is lots of open space to set up a tent in the grass on your campsite, however there are only 2 tents per campsite allowed. Each campsite is only allowed 1 vehicle per reservation with the option of 1 extra vehicle for $5 per night. Extra cars may park over by the bathrooms.
From Boise, head East on I-84 to exit 95 in Mountain Home (about 45 miles). Turn right and follow American Legion Blvd about 2 miles into town until it ends at N. Main St. Turn left and follow N. Main St. as it passes under the railroad and then as it makes a sweeping right turn and becomes Airbase Road. Follow Airbase Rd. for about another mile and turn left at Hwy 51 (at the Airbase Road Chevron) - look for the signs for Hwy 51 and Bruneau Dunes. Follow Hwy 51 south for about 14 miles until you cross the Snake River and then turn left on Hwy 78 (look for the signs to Bruneau Dunes and Hammet). Follow Hwy 78 for about 1.5 miles and then turn right to enter Bruneau Dunes State Park. Follow the park road in for a mile to the visitors center. From the Visitor's center, follow the park road in for about 1.5 miles to the Broken Wheel Campground on the right.
Hiking, fishing, dune skiing and boarding, star gazing
What to Bring:
• Sleeping Bag/Blankets (bring warm stuff!)
• Air mattress/sleeping pad
• Jackets and warm clothes for evenings and mornings.
• Food and food prep
• $5 per vehicle entry fee (free with ID Passport)
• Campsite Reservation ($21 - $29 per night)
• Good hiking shoes and socks
• Long or convertable hiking pants
• Rain/wind gear
• Trekking poles
• Sunglasses & Sunscreen
Dogs must be leashed at all times as per Bruneau Dunes.
I'll be leaving reservations up to everyone individually, so there is no attendee limit this year. As of posting, there are many campsites still available but they will be taken quickly. Only RSVP for this event if you will be camping. There will be another Meetup posted for just the day hike.