Southern Idaho is full of geologic wonders, from the crystal-clear waterfalls of Thousand Springs, to the moonscape of Craters of the Moon, from the high-desert oasis of Silver Creek to the rugged canyons of the Owyhees. Traveling the sagebrush country is a constant reminder of the dramatic impacts that volcanoes, lava flows, floods and time has had on the landscape.
This Sunday, I visited Bruneau Dunes, another of these special places. A depression carved by the Bonneville Flood 15,000 years ago, the dunes are held in place by opposing wind currents. Wind is a constant here, which can create tough hiking conditions: