Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Death Valley, California

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These sand dunes cover more than 14 square miles, the largest area of any of the seven major sand dunes in the park. They are also the most easily accessible from a road and very scenic with a scattered mantle of mesquite trees and a surprising array of nocturnal wildlife. As such, they are the most popular and heavily visited sand dunes in Death Valley National Park. This hike takes you to a more remote corner of the dunes where you’ll see a lot more tracks of wildlife than of humans. To see the most animal tracks, before they are obscured by wind and shifting sand, get there early in the morning.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

These sand dunes cover more than 14 square miles, the largest area of any of the seven major sand dunes in the park. They are also the most easily accessible from a road and very scenic with a scattered mantle of mesquite trees and a surprising array of nocturnal wildlife.

As such, they are the most popular and heavily visited sand dunes in Death Valley National Park. This hike takes you to a more remote corner of the dunes where you’ll see a lot more tracks of wildlife than of humans. To see the most animal tracks, before they are obscured by wind and shifting sand, get there early in the morning.

© 2017 Bill and Polly Cunningham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-3 hours
Season: Best season: November to April
Local Contacts: Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Maps: NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Stovepipe Wells NE-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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