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Central Death Valley near Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful dune and easily accessible. If you want to walk the summit, you need to walk quite a bit but it is fun. For photograph. Go for sunrise after rain or winds, better chance of shooting clean dune with smashing light and shadows. You need...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BrownMatisse
Reviewed 4 days ago

The parking lot is large, restroom available. There are Ranger tours on specific days and times which you can research on the National park website or from a visitor center. We came here in February so the sand was not hot and fun to walk...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Claudia10229
Reviewed 5 days ago

A lot of people were walking in the sand. It was the ideal period to enter the sand. In summer we could's walk a meter in it without burning our feet! Star Wars was filmed in here, maybe nice to know.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank katrienenluc
Reviewed 1 week ago

While the dunes constantly shift, it’s difficult to pick out the exact dunes both R2D2 & C3PO were lose on, but these are the dunes. They are a must to hike and if you do so, here are some tips... 1. Go early - the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mesquite Dunes are a fabulous location for sunrise and/or sunset -- or anytime during the day if the weather is not too hot. The taller dunes are close to the parking lot and get a lot of visitors. Other areas are quieter and peaceful,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NikkoMN
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here for a sunset and a sunrise, and loved it all! The winds at sunset were about 45 mph gusts, which made it a bit of a challenge to be out in the sand, but we did it, as did many others, so...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Becky H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tough hike in the sand to the highest dune but worth the view. Walk to the right upon entering instead of the middle like everyone else.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jojoma56
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a beautiful place to stop by if you are not already tired of the heat. It's better to use a 4x4 in the Death Valley.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mehbubar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the sand dunes to do a quick hike. They are tall and they look as if they go on forever. This place can get crowded, and it is away from the other big areas by Furnace Creek.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TennisStar602
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Obviously this place is a draw, close to the road and so eerily un-similar to rest of the area. If you are looking to get away from the hoards of people with selfie sticks, set aside enough time to walk inwards towards the big dunes...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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June 13, 2017|
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Response from Darci M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a pullout and small parking lot adjacent to the dunes. You can walk out as far as you'd like or take pictures from the car. 4wheel drive is not needed.
February 17, 2017|
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Response from KSNair | Reviewed this property |
Yes! You can
May 26, 2015|
Response from Gavin B |
Hi, yes you can, there is a paved car park just off the main road and it is then a short walk of about 100 yds to the star tof the dunes themselves.
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Stephanie Z
Day Trip From Las Vegas (6 Replies)
My husband and i are planning on being in DV on Thursday March 16. We are coming in from Las Vegas and following the "Must See Highlights" from the National Park website. We're going to visit in our car (A small SUV) Dante's View, 20 Mule Team, Zabriskie Point, Devil's Golf Course, Badwater Basin, Artist Drive, Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Harmony Borax Works, and Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Then Returning the same day. We aren't planning on doing any major hikes, and want to relax and take...More
March 09, 2017|
Response fromFrisco_Roadrunner|
With an opening date for a road, you always need to allow for unforeseen delays; sometimes it just isn't possible to project exact dates. We hope the work will be done sooner than later, because it's one of the park's premier sights. You don't need to scratch either 20 Mule Team Canyon or Artist's Drive. Neither of them is long and complicated. If you do a leisurely drive, either of them will be about 20 minutes, plus any time to stop to look around or take pictures. I actually wish there...More
Patrice G
Cambridge, Canada
4 Days in Death Valley (1 Reply)
Hi, I will be visiting Death Valley for four days in the first week of January. My main goal is photography but I am traveling with a group of 4 other people. We will be staying in Beatty for four nights and I rented an FJ Cruiser for the trip as well to be able to go in most places. This is my itinerary: Day 1 - Leave from Vegas Rainbow Canyon Ballarat Ghost Town Day 2 Badwater Basin Natural Bridge Trail Artists Palette Devil’s Golf Course Golden Canyon Trail Zabriskie...More
November 20, 2018|
Response fromJenAzz|
Patrice, you might want to re-ask this in the Death Valley forum. Your question might not get seen by all the DV people on the general California forum. Does your rental place allow you to drive off-road, and are they supplying heavy-duty tires? I think your itinerary needs both those things.
Patrick S
North Conway, New Hampshire
What to do in Death Valley with all the roads closed? (10 Replies)
Yet another topic about possibly canceling. I'm supposed to be in Joshua Tree for three nights (October 31 - November 3) and then in Death Valley for four nights (November 3 - 7). I just looked over my list of things to do in more than half are in areas that are closed! Here's my list of things that are open: rhyolite ghost town Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes (does it have any damage? Have they retained their beauty?) Mosaic Canyon Titus Canyon Zabriskie Point Dante's View Darwin Falls...More
October 23, 2015|
Response fromFrisco_Roadrunner|
You are coming a long way to think about totally canceling Death Valley. Even with much of it closed, there are still many beautiful places to see. Your visit isn’t for over a week, so I would keep checking for updates on road repairs and closed sites. Personnel have been brought in from Lake Mead, Joshua Tree, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Mojave National Preserve, and even Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Los Angeles to help with repairs. The park website and Facebook...More