Elmore Area

Bruneau, Idaho

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The valley area between Mountain Home and the Owyhee Mountains to the south is true western desert—sagebrush and all. Much of it looks unchanged since the Oregon Trail pioneers crossed it more than 150 years ago, though there are signs of the newer West as well, such as the Mountain Home Air Force Base (Idaho’s major military installation) and the massive livestock feedlots near Bruneau. There’s plenty to see here, though you do have to know where to look. The most popular destination is the Bruneau Sand Dunes, the most spectacular dunes in Idaho (there are a few other smaller ones). Partly because of the distance from city lights, this also is a popular hangout for those interested in astronomy. The most popular event, however, is the Three Island Crossing reenacted each summer at Three Island State Park at Glenns Ferry. This is where Oregon Trail pioneers crossed—or tried to cross—the Snake River, sometimes with disastrous results. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Bruneau Dunes State Park, Cove, and Three Island Crossing State Park.
Camping Idaho

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Camping Idaho

by Randy Stapilus (Falcon Guides)

The valley area between Mountain Home and the Owyhee Mountains to the south is true western desert—sagebrush and all. Much of it looks unchanged since the Oregon Trail pioneers crossed it more than 150 years ago, though there are signs of the newer West as well, such as the Mountain Home Air Force Base (Idaho’s major military installation) and the massive livestock feedlots near Bruneau. There’s plenty to see here, though you do have to know where to look.

The most popular destination is the Bruneau Sand Dunes, the most spectacular dunes in Idaho (there are a few other smaller ones). Partly because of the distance from city lights, this also is a popular hangout for those interested in astronomy. The most popular event, however, is the Three Island Crossing reenacted each summer at Three Island State Park at Glenns Ferry. This is where Oregon Trail pioneers crossed—or tried to cross—the Snake River, sometimes with disastrous results. The campgrounds in this eTrail include: Bruneau Dunes State Park, Cove, and Three Island Crossing State Park.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Bruneau
Additional Use: Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Hiking
Driving Directions: Directions to Elmore Area

Recent Trail Reviews

10/27/2014
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Beautiful! Wear good shoes that keep sand out! We hiked the back part and stayed on the side of the large dune for a while which made this hike a little harder but you can't beat the views. Wonderful hike!



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May 2018