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Raft or hike this desert paradise's secretive canyons -- but don't pass up the hot springs.
Bureau of Land Management Boise District Office 3948 Development Ave. Boise, ID 83705 (208) 384-3300 Location: The Bruneau runs from the Jarbridge Mountains of Nevada north into the Snake River near Boise, Idaho. The town of Bruneau, a few miles below the mouth of the canyon, offers basic needs -- lodging and food.
Getting There: From Boise, drive 45 miles east on I-84 to Hwy. 51, then 20 miles south to Bruneau. Follow the gravel Bruneauen dash Three Creeks Road south for 40 miles to where a sign gives directions to the river. This last 12-mile spur requires patience and dry weather. The final half-mile from rim to river demands a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Seasonal Information: For river running, March 15 to May 15 is your best bet; for hiking and tubing, June to early October.
Access is sometimes possible in winter. Summer is hot and dry with highs from 80 to 100 degrees F and nighttime lows from 80 to 50 degrees F. Inner canyon temperatures in July, August, and early September routinely exceed 100 degrees F. Weather conditions are unpredictable in spring and fall.
For river conditions, call (208) 327-7865.
Wildlife: Most notable are California bighorn sheep, mule deer, mountain lions, river otter. Mergansers skim downstream, and pairs of Canada geese shepherd pods of fluffy goslings.
Insects: No information available.
Plant Life: Look for the native Bruneau river phlox. Willows and wildflowers dot the shores in this riparian paradise.
Facilities: Primitive campsites are located along the river.
Parking: No information available.
Permits: Permits are not required, but registration is mandatory.
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Maps: A good map is included in the BLM's Bruneau Jarbridge River Guide. Also available from the BLM is Owyhee/Bruneau River Systems Boating Guide for $6.50 by mail.
Another excellent resource is Idaho Whitewater, the Complete River Guide by Greg Moore and Don McLaran (Class VI, P.O. Box 1794, McCall, ID 83638; (208) 634-2075).
Other Trip Options: Boise National Forest lies north of Bruneau.