A small community in the southwestern corner of Idaho, Grand View is conveniently located within a few minutes’ drive of the bustling Mountain Home and just an hour from big-city Boise. Our small-town charm is what sets us apart from the nearby big cities. We’re a close-knit, family-centered town where everyone takes care of one another. It’s a great place to live and raise a family!
Sitting on the Snake River, the Bruneau-Grand View area grew in the late 1800s when developers built irrigation projects to provide water to the valley. Gold was discovered in the area, and by 1892, there were 26 mining claims filed nearby. Soon ferries in Snake River took travelers, miners, and freighters across the river.
Sheep and hay farming helped to further develop the area, and the local newspaper estimated that nearly 150,000 sheep inhabited the area in 1915. Between 1910 and 1921, the town continued to grow with several new businesses and the area’s first two-story brick building.
Bruneau-Grand View continues to nurture its roots as it holds onto its charm.
The communities of Bruneau and Grand View and the surrounding area have a variety of fun, family-friendly and educational attractions. Be sure to check them out!
Emu-Z-Um – This family-friendly historical museum educates visitors about the early settlement of Owyhee County. From an old ghost mining town to the area’s first hand-built automobile to the Lawson emu ranch, this attraction has something for every adventure-seeker.
Bruneau Dunes State Park – Visitors can enjoy the longest camping season in the state as well as trails, boating, and a variety of outdoor activities year-round.
Givens Hot Springs – Located less than an hour northwest, Givens Hot Springs offers visitors a taste of a dream life with a natural hot spring as well as amenities for camping and indoor swimming during the cold months.
Historic Silver City – Take a trip back in time. Just over an hour west of Grand View, Silver City still looks like it did more than 100 years ago—with few modern amenities and no commercialization. With more than 250 mines running in the 1860s, this town is a sight to see.
Bruneau Dunes Observatory – The largest public observatory in the state, visitors can learn about the area and the night sky as they view the stars through one of the observatory’s telescopes. The visitor center also offers information about birds of prey, insects, fossils, wildlife, and the nearby dunes.