5 Facts about the Bruneau Dunes State Park

Hey guys, this is Randy with NextHome Treasure Valley. I’m a Realtor® in the Mountain Home and Boise Idaho areas. This week we’re talking 5 Facts about the Bruneau Dunes State Park.


Fact #1 It is the tallest single-structure dune in North America. It stands at 470 feet above the surrounding desert floor. So it’s a tall dune, and I am way too lazy to climb it, but people climb it all the time. Anytime I go there, there’s always somebody up on the dune, but usually, there’s enough area that you can kind of have your own space also. So if you go and check it out with your family, don’t be worried about that. But it does attract people from all over the united states, and probably all over the world. 


Fact #2 There’s a whole bunch of stuff you can do there. So you can climb the dunes, of course, you can sandboard down the dunes, there’s horse riding, there’s stargazing, which will lead to another fact. You can go boating from there, fishing from there, so it’s conveniently located right by the snake river: just a cool place to spend your day, or even a weekend. There are different amenities too, and you can check this all out, but they even rent a couple of cabins out, but you can camp there, so there’s just a lot that you and your family could take advantage of and spend the weekend. 


Fact #3 – It is very close to Mountain Home and Boise. The Bruneau Dunes is about 17 miles south of Mountain Home and about 65 miles southeast of Boise. So it’s a short trip. I know of many people that live in Boise and don’t even know that they exist, and it’s less than 100 miles away from where they live. Something to check out if you are in the local area, but even if you’re not, it might be worth a trip just to come and do some camping there at the dunes. 


Fact #4I alluded to this earlier: there is an observatory there at the dunes. So in the campground, it’s open from March to October usually, this year because of COVID, there have been some changes. It was closed, and then I guess they were doing private tours, but it should open again hopefully in march, so we’ll see how things go. Hopefully, all this COVID stuff will be behind us by then, but we’ll see. 


Fact #5 You can rent sandboards to go down the dunes at the visitor center, for only $15 a day. I know a lot of people are taking advantage of this. Most of the people I’ve seen talk about it say that it’s a fantastic deal. But of course, because it is such a tall dune, many people get tired after a couple of trips up. So you might want to pace yourself and make sure you have enough energy in the tank to get back up the dunes there so tall. But for $15 a day, you can spread it out. Like I said earlier, all this information can be found at parksandrec.idaho.gov and also facebook.com/BruneauDunesStatePark, so definitely check it out. If you’re interested in Mountain Home, which is just 17 miles north, you can check out the five pros and cons of Mountain Home here, so thank you for reading this. Have a great day! Thank you!


The Weather in Mountain Home, Idaho

Hey guys, this is Randy here with NextHome Treasure Valley. I’m a Realtor® in the Mountain Home and Boise area. Thanks for stopping by. This week we’re going to be talking about the beautiful weather here in Mountain Home, Idaho. I know that’s a bold statement to say. Why is it beautiful? Well, in my opinion, because we have all four seasons. I know everybody does. But, I mean, we have all four seasons. Our summers are hot, our winters are cold, and then our spring and autumn are lovely. The fall here is gorgeous. You feel it in the air, and it’s terrific. The winters here are also beautiful when the snow’s all over, and it prettifies the town. Prettify, that’s a word. But, it is pretty dry here in Mountain Home. Our average rainfall is about 12 inches a year, and compared to the US, the average rainfall is about 38 inches, so it’s a drier climate. 



Summers here can get pretty warm. We have a few days over 100 degrees, but the average temperature here in the Summer in Mountain Home, Idaho, is about 93 degrees. It can get hot here, but not too bad. The good thing about the summers we have here is there are lots to do out there. There’s a public pool in Mountain Home. Usually, you’re not going to know too many people that own a swimming pool, unless it’s like an above ground pool. But, there’s lakes and rivers all around, there’s lots of stuff to do when the weather does get warmer. 


What about the dreaded winter months? The winters here can get a little cold. I’m not going to lie, and it does snow. The average winter temperature in January is about 23 degrees. We’re below freezing, and it’s kind of funny because at the beginning of winter, the first time it hits 32 degrees, it’s like ouch! Like oh my gosh! It’s getting cold, and then by a month in, like 32 degrees is like a warm day. Like you’re out there sweating. We don’t get a lot below zero. We only get about two days a year, on average, that is below zero. Of course, some years get more than others. We do get snowfall. Many people ask about the snow, and honestly, it depends on where you’re coming from. If you’re coming from a place that gets no snow at all, it might be a little overwhelming, but if you’re coming from a place like Green Bay, Wisconsin, where it snows all the time, you probably won’t even notice the snow here. It’s so mild. We get about 15 inches a year and compare that to the average in The United States, about 28 inches. It’s not bad at all. Before I was a Realtor® full time, I traveled between Mountain Home to Boise every day, which is about 30 to 40 miles, and there was only a couple of days a year that I even had to worry about the drive. And then a lot of people around here talk about Snowmageddon! That was the winter of 2016 to 2017, and when Boise experienced about 39 inches in snow that year. The sixth snowiest on the record sounds terrible until you realize that that is just right around the national average. That goes to show you, what we call Snowmageddon here in Idaho, really wasn’t that much bigger than the national average. That’s a good thing if you’re not someone who likes to drive in the snow or is a little worried that our snow’s not that bad. 


And then after the snow goes away, the Spring and Fall are just absolutely fantastic here. You have a very distinct Spring and Fall. Lately, I’ve been feeling the Fall kind of start coming out. Still summer, but there have been a couple of days where you start feeling that colder weather, and there’s, there’s, there’s a feeling in the air you get when that fall comes and then by the time, you know, October hits, and Halloween. It’s just a wonderful feeling. It can get a little windy here also. Between February 4th to January 29th, the average wind speed is about 7.5 miles per hour. Which doesn’t sound that bad, but we do get, of course, those vast gusts that come in. You know the 30s plus mile per hour winds. During the colder seasons, sometimes that wind can make a little bit chillier, of course. But usually, it’s not too bad. 


If you’d like to know more about Mountain Home, check out the video here, the pros and cons of Mountain Home, Idaho. Thank you for stopping by, and we’ll see you next Friday. Thank you.