Camping the Desert

May 2, 2021 About the Photo, 1 minute read

Imagine yourself

sitting under a magnificent canopy of stars, perhaps around a campfire sizzling with your freshly caught trout. Just beyond your cabin, the shadow of a fantastic sand dune rises up from the desert floor. You just left your horse in a nearby stable, content and pleasantly relaxed from meandering along the equestrian trail.

Tomorrow's day will begin with sand-surfing, followed up with a relaxing float in one of many lakes you have discovered. After then? Who knows. Maybe some star-gazing at the observatory.

Dramatically rising up amid wheat fields, tumbleweed, and sagebrush, this dune stands at 470 feet above the desert floor. It is the tallest single-structure dune in North America. It is a spectacular sight, sweeping lines of brilliant beige under a vivid azure sky. Its base is dotted with mixed shades of green, where small lakes are teeming with fish, water plants, and dragonflies. Beautiful!

Where is this paradise? This is Bruneau Dunes State Park in Idaho, USA. It is located just a little over an hour's drive south of Boise. Bruneau Dunes offers a unique experience to those like me who are used to a more PNW type of camping (trees 😉).

You can check the park out for yourself here and make some summer camping plans. And don't forget to share some of your photos with me!

© 2020 J Craig Photos. The Snake River runs nearby.

© 2020 J Craig Photos. Sand surfing requires a little hiking.

© 2020 J Craig Photos. One of the many lakes in the park.