BRUNEAU DUNES STATE PARK, IDAHO
This is one of our favorite trips close to home! Marianne is standing on top of the Bruneau Dunes in south-central Idaho. It's an amazing hike to the top and a surreal experience to walk the ridge of these massive piles of sand.
You can see the RV campground in the distance across the lake. We love this getaway because it's only 75 minutes from the Treasure Valley, has relatively few visitors, and has lots of cool attractions nearby.
The campground I give a solid B. The grounds are not great; the grass is not lush, it's a desert after all! But the facilities are nice (i.e. bathrooms, showers, hookups, small gift shop). Because the Bruneau Dunes are so remote (we're only 75 minutes from Boise but this is a sparsely populated state!) the stargazing is phenomenal! There is no light pollution to block out the stars, it's just great. They actually have an observatory here and guided stargazing events.
The Details: Summers are really hot here, best to visit in the early spring or fall. If you're coming from the west, take Exit 90 (Hwy 51) off Interstate 84 toward Mountain Home, Idaho. Stay on this highway for about 50 miles until you junction with Hwy 78. Turn left (east) on 78 and you'll see the entrance to the park in about two miles. From the east, take Exit 112 (Hwy 78) off Interstate 84 toward Hammett, Idaho. Follow Hwy 78 for about 16 miles until you reach the entrance to the park. Sites here run about $20 - $31 for water, electricity (30/50 Amp), and/or sewer. Pads are gravel, 15 - 60 feet. Pets are welcome.