Shadowy planes of wind-rippled sand are encircled by mountains at Mesquite Flat. Once slabs of solid rock, minuscule grains of quartz and feldspar form the curved dunes. Although there are no defined trails, a still morning is the best time to conquer the tall peaks. Keep an eye out for coyote and bird tracks in the sand.

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Expert Review of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes (Death Valley Dunes)

Parks and Outdoors Review of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes (Death Valley Dunes)

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Scenic Drives
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • For many visitors, the main feature to see in Death Valley National Park is the Death Valley Dunes, also called the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. While these dunes are much smaller than the park's famous Eureka Dunes, they are also much easier to reach, being situated within a couple miles of Stovepipe Wells Village. A short walk from Highway 190 will get you to the top of the 80-foot-high dunes.
  • The best time to visit the dunes is at sunrise or sunset, when you'll bear witness to a nearly surreal show of color, light, and shadow on the shifting sand. Photographers are drawn here at the edges of the day. Full-moon nights are also popular.

Stovepipe Wells area
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, California 92328

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 760-786-3200
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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