There’s plenty to do just off the interstate at Mountain Home. 20 miles S.W. you can explore Bruneau Dunes State Park, the tallest sand dunes in North America at 470 feet tall.
Enjoy the public celestial observatory, picnic grounds, lakes for fishing and swimming and a welcoming visitor center. Mountain Home Air Force Base, built in 1943, is the headquarters of the 366th Fighter Wing. Watch for the frequent air shows held at the base.
Mountain Home offers considerable outdoor recreation. In the summer, nearby C.J. Strike and Anderson Ranch Reservoirs await anglers and boaters. In the winter, the open country and rolling hills of Elmore County are perfect for snowmobiling.
A worthwhile detour at Glenns Ferry will bring you to Three Island Crossing State Park, adjacent to a significant river crossing spot on the Old Oregon Trail. Learn about the trail at an informative interpretive center, or even journey across the river to view the historic islands from a bluff above the river. Then, stop at nearby Carmela Vineyards for a taste of the local vintage or take in a round at its Vineyards Greens Golf Course.