Bruneau Dunes State Park

Bruneau, ID
Bruneau Dunes State Park
Eagle Cove Campground

Bruneau Dunes State Park Map
Bruneau Dunes State Park Map

When I booked my reservation online, I was surprised to see that the Eagle Cove Campground was virtually wide open with just one reservation; while the nearby Broken Wheel Campground was nearly sold out. And that was perfect for me since I was taking a large group of campers with me, making it easy for everyone to make their own reservations and still have us all be centrally located on the same loop. I learned later why this campground was wide open, and the other nearly fully booked.

Bruneau Dunes has 82 serviced camp sites providing 15/30/50 Amp Power and water, and 16 additional standard sites. The free RV dump is conveniently located between the two campgrounds making it easy to dump either on your way home, or at any point during your stay.

The sand dunes and lake at the Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park
The sand dunes and lake at the Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park

Bruneau Dunes is home to the tallest single-structured dune in North America. Rising 470 feet above the desert and small lakes of the park, the dune covers about 600 acres and is estimated to have formed over a period of just 12,000 years. Activities at the park include fishing, birdwatching, camping, hiking, swimming, and my personal favorite: star gazing. Bruneau Dunes is home to Idaho’s only public observatory, with star watching programs available most Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer months. The stars are just spectacular out here. There isn’t a city light for many miles, and that makes for spectacular star viewing.

What I recently learned about the Eagle Cove Campground, and what you need to know about it, is this: It’s HOT at Bruneau Dunes, and ALL THE TREES are in the Broken Wheel Campground. So if you find yourself camping at Eagle Cove, bring your own shade. Also, try to park in spots 94-97 to make best use of your RV & Awning as a sun shade in the afternoon and evening hours. Spots 73-74 are also oriented well for providing shade. It also tends to be quite windy at Bruneau Dunes, so come prepared for heat and wind (think convection oven) – and bring a kite!

How to Choose the Best Ski Lessons

How to Choose the Best Ski Lessons
How to Choose the Best Ski Lessons

If you are a beginner to skiing most resorts offer lessons with more or less the same program of ski instructor training involved. The classes tend to fill quickly so before you leave for your vacation it’s a good idea to book online. Ski lessons are normally a menu item at a resort’s home page. In addition to being able to book (either via email or through a provided telephone number), you’ll find a description of what you will learn and the kind of equipment used.

Before You Book

There are some questions you will want answered before you book. These include:

What Does The Lesson Actually Teach You?

It is important to know what the lesson actually involves. Does it teach you the basics such as turning, stopping and how to control your speed? Obviously these are extremely important ski techniques to learn in order to control your movement on the slopes and to avoid serious injury.

Check That You Are in the Right Age Group

If you are booking the lesson for yourself, the last thing you want to do is wind up with the wrong age group. For example, if you are a 40 year old adult, you do not want to book your lesson with the 15-17 age groups. Likewise, if you are booking a skiing lesson for your child, you don’t want them in with the adults. So always be clear what age group you are booking with and double check that there are no mistakes.

Private v. Group Lessons

It is always worth thinking about whether you would be more comfortable learning with a group of people or if a private lesson is more your style. Group lesson can enable you to meet people but some people are simply too embarrassed to learn in front of other people. Consider your personal comfort level and don’t ignore it. You need to understand the skiing basics no matter how you can best absorb the information. You’ll find other ways to meet people if group lessons just aren’t your thing.

What Are Then Costs Involved?

Be clear about the cost of lessons. Private instruction will cost more but sometimes if you book online and well in advance you can find discounted prices.

Is There Any Equipment Included With The Lesson?

If you do not own your own equipment, it is essential that you find a lesson which includes the use of their equipment. The equipment you will need includes ski boots, skis, poles and a helmet. If equipment is not provided with the lesson, investigate what rental sources are available through the resort.

How Long Do The Lessons Take?

How long are the lessons exactly? Do you need to set aside a morning or a day? You need to know so that you can take time out of your schedule.

Are The Instructors Certified?

The last thing you want when you go to a skiing lesson is to have somebody teaching you who haven’t really got a clue what they are doing themselves. All skiing instructors should have a ski instructor certification and you should be able to see documentation to that effect.