Mesquite Flat Dunes

The Hike: Mesquite Flat Dunes
Location:  Death Valley National Park, 2.2 miles east of Stovepipe Wells on Hwy 190.
Distance:  There is no trail.  The park reports that it is 2 miles to the highest dune and the dunes cover approximately 14 miles.
Elevation Gain/Loss:  Approximately 100′

Hiking the dunes was the one thing that I absolutely wanted to do during our quick trip to Death Valley.  The Mesquite Flat Dunes were easily accessible; therefore, these were the dunes that we hiked.

The park recommends visiting the dunes early in the morning or late afternoon for dramatic light.  We hiked the dunes as soon as we passed them in the park (around noon); however, we did stop briefly when the lighting was more dramatic and made for better photos (near sunset).

Hiking the Dunes
There are no trails and it is fun to freely explore the dunes. Once reaching the top of a dune, it was easiest to walk across the ridge instead of continuing to climb up and down the individual dunes.

Animals were not seen, yet we did observe the tracks of the sidewinder rattlesnake.  Surprisingly few people hiked onto the dunes when we did, although plenty of people visited (slightly beyond) the parking lot.

Even without the dramatic light, the dunes were awe-inspiring.  The hike was extremely fun and not to be missed!

This hike was taken on May 26, 2012.

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4 Responses to Mesquite Flat Dunes

  1. mytiturk says:

    You have an eye for composition and an adventurous spirit. Thanks for liking “Nile”

  2. Jim Cutler says:

    Beautiful composition!

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