Ride the dunes in Idaho
So you’ve always wanted to ride sand dunes, but can’t get to Glamis in California or Silver Lake in Michigan.
Consider St. Anthony Sand Dunes in Idaho.
Some 40 miles northeast of Idaho Falls, the St. Anthony Sand Dunes consist of more than 10,000 acres of dunes rising as high as 400 feet.
The dunes stretch for 15 miles, so you can get plenty of riding in.
The riding area on the west side of St. Anthony Sand Dunes, west of Egin Lakes Campground, known as “the big dunes” are closed from Jan. 1 through sunrise April 1. The area south of Egin-Hamer Road is also closed from Jan. 1 through sunrise April 1. The areas surrounding the open sand of the St. Anthony Sand Dunes are closed from Jan. 1 through sunrise May 1. The smaller dunes, east of Egin Lakes Campground to Red Road, are open year-round, but are usually covered in snow by Jan. 1.
The Egin Lakes access is located midway along that 15-mile stretch of dunes. To the east are small, rolling hills suitable for beginning riders or youngsters. To the west are challenging hills.
To get to the Egin Lakes access, take the North Rexburg exit off US 20. If northbound, turn left. If southbound, turn right onto 1900 E. (Parker-Salem Highway and the Red Road). Travel 6.3 miles north to the second flashing light. Turn left and travel 0.85 miles to the split in the road. Travel right over the railroad tracks and continue on 500N. for 2.9 miles. At the Egin Lakes Access sign turn right onto the gravel road.
Contact: Upper Snake Field Office, 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83401. Phone: (208) 524-7500.