Eureka Dunes

Big Pine, California

Eureka Dunes Professional Review and Guide

"This remote hike visits the tallest sand dunes in the California desert, in the far northwest corner of Death Valley National Park. Punctuating the south end of the remote desert basin of Eureka Valley is a grand pile of dune sand, the largest of three prominent dune fields in this northwest corner of Death Valley National Park. From top to bottom, the Eureka Dunes rise 650 feet, rivaling some of North America’s great sand piles, including Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Monument. With a backdrop of some of the most colorful mountains in the Great Basin (the Last Chance Range), no developed trails nor any particular destination, and the freedom and quiet solitude of the dunes’ remote location, few hikers can resist the attraction of a day’s outing at this incredible place. Eureka Dunes are possibly the most remote in North America.The dunes are predominately white, featuring windsculpted swirls of black and tan sand—an ever-changing and dynamic landscape. Try to plan your trip for spring or fall, following rainfall that makes the sand firm and easier to negotiate."

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Trail Information

Big Pine
Nearby City
627 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 to 1.5 hours
Best October through May
2,870 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,497 feet
Top Elevation
Death Valley National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Last Chance Range SW
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jun 2018