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Bruneau Dunes Campground

Idaho’s capital, Boise, and the populous Treasure Valley dominate the state’s southwestern corner – an urban agglomeration in a mostly rural state. It’s where you’ll find trendy coffee shops, international cuisine, great cultural attractions, and more recently, a lot of transplants from Silicon Valley looking to escape the traffic and crowds. But before Boise became the easternmost outpost of Pacific Northwest culture, it was just a medium-sized city that attracted nature lovers with its clear waters, tall peaks, and dense forests.What’s even more unexpected than Portland-esque vibes in what was once Potato Country? Five hundred-foot-tall sand dunes comparable to the Sahara. Hundreds of miles from the coast, sand-swept Bruneau Dunes State Park is one of the more exceptional ecological attractions in the state. Due to a very particular convergence of winds, the sands have collected for thousands of years in this 5,000-acre region an hour's drive southeast of Boise.Fortunately, there’s a great campground inside the state park, packed with amenities for visitors camping with an RV. Most of their sites have water and electrical hookups for your rental RV, along with Wi-Fi, dump stations, and a small gift shop. Below the sand dunes are a couple of small lakes with boat ramps for easy access. If you need fuel, propane, food, or any other sort of supplies for your RV rental, you can find it in the little town of Bruneau southwest of the park.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

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Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Bruneau Dunes State Park’s topography lends itself to some pretty unique outdoor activities when you’re renting an RV. Sandboarding and sledding are the most popular sports on the dunes, and you can rent equipment from the park’s visitors center. There’s also the option of hiking on the dunes, but know that walking in soft sand can be quite the workout. Lack of development around the park has also led to very low light pollution, giving it some of the darkest skies in Idaho – perfect for stargazing (there’s an observatory just down the road from the RV campground).Looking for some more natural oddities on your motorhome camping vacation? You won’t need to go too far; Craters of the Moon National Monument is only two hours' drive away. It’s a massive lava field, but unlike the ones in Hawaii, you won’t find any big volcanoes nearby. Instead, it was created by deep cracks in the earth, which allowed molten rock to slowly spill out 10,000 years ago. Hiking through the fields and experiencing their vastness is the most popular activity in the monument, but if you’re up for a little spelunking, you can also go underground to explore the massive lava tubes.For some great paddling, there’s the Snake River Canyon an hour's drive from Bruneau Dunes. The section near Twin Falls is quite tranquil and has spectacular scenery to enjoy with nearly 500-foot rock walls rising up on each side. It’s also where Evel Knievel made his ill-fated jump with a rocket-powered motorcycle in 1974. If whitewater is more your style, check out the human-made whitewater park in Boise, which features three big surf waves.

Exploring the City

The dunes can feel pretty isolated, but civilization is actually just half an hour's drive away in the town of Mountain Home. Its location on busy Interstate 84 means there are quite a few truck stops where you can take care of any business with your rental RV (fueling up, emptying the tanks, or picking up essentials). There’s also a small museum detailing the local history of Mountain Home, but for any major attractions, you’ll need to head down the highway to Glenns Ferry.Glenns Ferry was a stop on the historic Oregon Trail, where pioneers could cross the Snake River while also restocking supplies and having a good meal; there’s a museum dedicated to its role on the trail in the downtown area. A yellow caboose outside the museum highlights the town’s changing role as the transcontinental railroad came to connect America’s coasts and make the Oregon Trail redundant just a few decades after the town’s founding.Should you decide to take a trip into Boise when you book an RV in Owyhee County, you’ll be rewarded with an abundance of great urban amenities. The capital has an excellent restaurant scene; far from the meat and potatoes menu you’d expect from Idaho, Boise is populated with delicious seafood, hipster coffee outlets, and all sorts of flavorful ethnic restaurants thanks to its newfound role as the melting pot of the northern Rockies. A great example of this is the Basque Cultural Center and Museum; Boise has a Basque population of over 10,000 residents, one of the largest outside of Spain; the museum highlights their unique history (the Basque lived in Spain before the Spanish) and culture.


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Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

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Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

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A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

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Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.