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Bruneau Dunes Observatory

Bruneau, ID
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Great waty to spend a late night.

I got to see the Ring Nebula with my own eyes. It is amazing. It cost $5 to enter (parking in state... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Brea, CA
Great for the whole family!

We loved this activity. We visited in July, so the number of people was lower, which was great for... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Debbie M
Salt Lake City, Utah
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“star gazing” (3 reviews)
“sand dunes” (2 reviews)
“state park” (2 reviews)
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I got to see the Ring Nebula with my own eyes. It is amazing. It cost $5 to enter (parking in state park $10 extra, or free if you have a state pass). They close each winter (mid-October), and re-open about Easter vaction week, in...More

Thank DougRoyer
Reviewed 20 July 2017

We loved this activity. We visited in July, so the number of people was lower, which was great for us. We got to see more things through the telescopes, and the kids got to ask the astro-physicist more questions, which he answered gladly. The observatory...More

Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Jupiter and Saturn were in full view and you could even see some of the moons across the face of Jupiter.

Thank cjberg6
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

I think that any month might be good to visit the observatory. April was good because it wasn't too crowded. Summer months may be more comfortable but have longer waits to view through the telescope. Lots to see!

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 18 August 2016

There is a really cool observatory in a State Park with a great camp grounds and huge sand dunes and a lake! This is a fun place to check out especially on Friday and Saturday evenings when the have star gazing parties all summer long....More

Thank David S
Reviewed 23 May 2016

There is an astronomy club that meets out here and shares their equipment with the public occasionally. The nights are so dark that a clear sky brings the universe in close. Great learning opportunity.

1  Thank KanakaHaole
Reviewed 3 December 2014

At the spring equinox, the Messier Marathon occurs in the galaxy. The Bruneau Dunes Observatory supported by the local astronomy society provides hands on viewing with the large observatory telescope and other telescopes setup to observe this phenomenon till very late at night. Also, interesting...More

2  Thank HavingFunNow61
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Unless you are an insomniac who needs a good boring lecture about star gazing that you won't get to experience here don't do it! I felt really sorry for people with kids. It was brutal! The telescopes are very weak and you won't see anything...More

Thank mathmus1
Reviewed 8 January 2014

This is a great little observatory. The staff is informative and the black skies reveal lots of stars not seen in a city. Rent a cabin in the park and spend the night.

3  Thank TFDAZ
Reviewed 12 September 2012

Excellent place to take the family. To just see as a couple or just a day trip. Wonderful adventure!! Must see!

3  Thank Kelli N
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