Ibex Sand Dunes

Death Valley, California 92328

Ibex Sand Dunes

Ibex Sand Dunes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 and of 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.

On rare occasions a recent rainstorm may cause the Amargosa River to flood portions of the Saratoga Springs Road, rendering it impassable. Dune boarding is destructive and illegal under both park service and wilderness regulations. Drinking water is unavailable, so carry ample water when hiking. Strong winds may reduce visibility with blowing sand. Do not attempt this hike during the heat of the summer or anytime when temperatures exceed 100 degrees F."

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"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."

Ibex Sand Dunes Trip Reports

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3/12/2009
Awesome, huge sand dunes in the middle of a valley ringed by 7000' mountains with horizontal striations. Rough road to get to the trailhead on the east side, but much better climb. Climb is difficult, with some calf-deep sand, and some packed sand. I hiked most of it barefoot. Amazing views. Very isolated, bring a good, reliable car. Be careful, some plants and beetles only grow here on the dunes.
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Trail Information

Death Valley
Nearby City
5
Distance
240 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2-4 hours
Duration
Best: November to April
Season
NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS 1:24,000 topo maps Old Ibex Pass-CA and Saddle Peak Hills-CA
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