Hike the Rim of Bruneau Canyon

Idaho Bruneau Canyon Overlook

Added by Sara Sheehy

Hike along the rim of a stunning canyon in remote Idaho.

From the small town of Bruneau turn east on Hot Springs Road (set odometer) and continue for 15.6 miles on a well maintained dirt road. Turn right at the "Overlook" sign and continue for another 3 miles. The road terminates at a dirt parking area.

The drive to Bruneau Canyon is through remote and sparse open cattle range. A large sign warns drivers of the potential for "Objects Falling From the Sky," and is part of an Air Force training area. Taking a picture at this sign will amuse and/or terrify your friends and family.

The canyon is invisible until standing right on it's rim, at which point it tumbles a thousand feet to one of the country's most remote rafting rivers.

There is a small fence near the parking area to protect children and animals from walking over the rim. For those looking to explore beyond the viewpoint, hike the canyon rim in either direction for an out-and-back. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes in summer.

Hiking beyond this fence is not physically challenging, but keep aware of your surroundings and do not explore beyond your comfort level.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks and/or food for a picnic
  • Full tank of gas in vehicle
  • Camera
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

100 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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Added by Sara Sheehy

Explorer dedicated to everyday adventures. Home base in the mountains of Idaho.

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