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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park

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  • Can been seen from various areas. Enter near Stove Pipe Wells area. Up Close by walking out to the dunes are just staying in the parking area. Interesting area after seeing all the baked areas. Watch ...  more »
  • It's the first stop we did when arriving in the Valley of death from RidgeCrest. Very impressive to see the formation of these dunes in the middle of a plain between two mountain ranges. I you Council to take walking shoes in order not to be full of sand... A Ranger will wait for you on the spot in the morning in order you to a guided tour. Learn more at around 10:00!
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  • Definitely one for the Star Wars fans in the family. Worth a stop if you are going through death valley. 
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  • Interesting smaller version of the Great Sand Dunes national park If you can't make it to the Great Sand Dunes national park, this is the consolation prize. It's an area where the sand collects because the wind blows it right to the foot of the mountain and it collects there. You can explore anywhere on the sand dunes and it's tough walking because it's so soft. Be careful about the temperature of the sand during the hot weather because it can get well over 130 degrees. The sand intensifies the heat so best to visit early morning or at dusk. If you will go to the Great Sand Dunes national park, skip this sand dune because it pales in comparison.
  • This is the most accessible sand dunes in Death Valley and is very visible from the main road. Don't be deceived by how small the sand dunes appear from the parking lot! They are quite large and do require some footwork to get to, but it is worth it! It is especially worth it during the sunset, when the sand dunes glow golden.
  • Don't be fooled by the "Flat" in the name, it's all ups and downs. This is an incredible location in Death Valley. Get there early before sunrise to avoid crowds and make sure you make the hike up to the immense Star Dune. A lot of the areas that are close to the parking lot will be trampled up, but as you keep going deeper in, you will start seeing beautiful windswept patterns. My advice is to stick to the tops of the ridges as much as possible and enjoy the ever changing display of light and shadow. Be on the lookout for parallel lines in the sand because there are sidewinder rattlesnakes in there and they hide under the sand waiting for prey.
  • Experience the most incredible sunrise by driving to the sand dunes before dawn. As the sun rises, the mountains glow orange, and the patterns in the sand create an amazing interplay of light and shadow. Parking is relatively easy, but give yourself enough time to walk through the sand to the crest of a tall dune before daybreak (it's about a mile or more of walking each way). Also keep your eye out for footprints in the sand from all of the animals who were active on the dunes overnight.
  • This place is absolutely beautiful, if you go, the best time to visit in before sunrise, it isn't hot, and the view is beautiful. You may get tired from walking on the sand, but it is worth it!