Ibex Sand Dunes

Death Valley, California 92328

Ibex Sand Dunes

Ibex Sand Dunes Professional Review and Guide

"These remote sand dunes in a spectacular wilderness setting rise more than 150 feet and are trapped against rugged hills in the extreme southeastern corner of the park. From a distance the dunes appear taller than they are, making them even more
impressive. Both the drive and the approach are relatively easy. The dunes are a picturesque and worthy destination in themselves, with added bonuses of expansive views and interesting mining ruins. Their isolation, hidden from paved roads by stark desert mountains, is a key attribute. This all adds up to an enjoyable romp in a giant sandbox.

The dunes stretch more than 2 miles on a north–south orientation on the sunset side of the rugged Saddle Peak Hills. At roughly 1,300 acres they are the smallest dunes by area in the park. Their entrapment against high mountains fulfills one of the three conditions for dunes; the others are sand, of which there is an endless supply from nearby washes and canyons, and wind—also endless, especially during spring. The Saddle Peak Hills provide a dramatic backdrop to the remote Ibex Sand Dunes."

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Trail Information

Death Valley
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2-4 hours
Best season: November to April
Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Contacts
NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Old Ibex Pass-CA and Saddle Peak Hills-CA
Local Maps

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Jul 2018