Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
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  • HeardItBothWays
    Easton, Pennsylvania2,402 contributions
    Awe-Inspiring Sand Dunes
    My husband and I visited the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes while visiting Death Valley National Park, and it was our favorite part of the park. There is convenient parking right by the dunes and we walked out into them. Since we visited in October, it was only 100 degrees F, which is on the low side for Death Valley. It was still hot but bearable. Make sure to bring plenty of water because walking in the sand dunes can feel a bit like walking on an elliptical in an oven. We also sat and relaxed in the sand for a bit but there were a good number of ants so we didn't sit too long. General park info: Death Valley National Park's entrance fee is included in the America the Beautiful Pass, which I highly recommend. Check for closures but beware that the info might not be accurate. On the day we went, there was info about some construction but the park website didn't mention they would be closing a road in the middle of the park, cutting off our ability to see much of what we wanted to see for 2 hours (which would have put us after sunset). Overall, the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are definitely a must-see stop in Death Valley National Park!
    Written November 6, 2021
  • Jenn Nolen
    Saint Louis, Missouri373 contributions
    Unique
    This is the type of stop where you can spend as much or as little time as you want. I think we spent about 45 minutes. There's no official trail so just park and walk around. Sand gets very hot so arrive early if you want to walk in sandals or you have kids who want to play in the sand. Parking and pit toilets available.
    Written May 26, 2021
  • Traveler918
    West Des Moines, Iowa217 contributions
    Go near sunset for amazing light
    I'm sure these dunes are scorching in summer, but in March they were lovely. We went about an hour before sunset and stayed through sunset -- many others did the same. Just pick a dune, relax, and watch the ever-changing play of light and shadow. One note: The bugs come out at sunset!
    Written March 20, 2022
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Donna R
St. George, UT26 contributions
May 2021
I visited Death Valley in mid-May, just as the temperatures were starting to rise. I spent one evening at the sand dunes, through sunset and the experience was just amazing. Temps were in the low-90s even as the sun went down and it was actually quite comfortable walking around on the dunes. There are no paths, you just head out. I suppose if you tried hard enough you could get lost but it is highly unlikely. You can walk as far as you feel like, up as steep a dune face as you think you can handle. The next morning, I returned for sunrise which was, also, amazing. The temperature was ~80*F, again very comfortable for a morning walk in the sand. These sand dunes are my personal favorite part of Death Valley. But, please, be considerate, and keep your voices down. Part of the appeal is how quiet it can be in this park and no one wants to hear your conversation or listen to your children yell or cry.
Written May 13, 2021
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Mel52088
Woodville, WI160 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We did this near sunrise and we’re able to see some neat shadows and wildlife tracks, including sidewinder rattler markings. We didn’t go all the way out to the largest dune, but about halfway or so. Enjoyed the walk and the peaceful morning.

There is a bathroom, but someone coming out said there was a spider that looked like a giant crab, so I didn’t go in.
Written April 3, 2022
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Ntalabany
London, UK372 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Although Death Valley is not that busy in winter, over the New Year period and on the weekend there are still quite a few people on this side of the park. So it’s best to come early to go for a nice hike up to the highest point of these beautiful dunes. I arrived just after sunrise and there were already at least 20 cars parked and a lot of people strolling around on the dunes. The hike to the top spot took less than 30 minutes and was easy by following the well trodden path working its way up over the dunes’ peaks. The view from the top was fabulous. I made it a loop by going down on the East side and was back at the car in no time. If I had planned better I would have stayed at the campsite at Stovepipe Wells Village instead of Mesquite Spring. It’s only a mile across flat ground from there to the dunes and that would have made it an even nicer hike. Next time!
Written January 6, 2020
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Ken L
Albuquerque, NM92 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
My wife and I went for sunset and to take pictures of the sand dunes. The dunes were large to small and were a bit crowded. We hiked about 3/4 of a mile and had the dunes mostly to ourselves. It was a nice sunset and the glow off the sand dunes made for good photography
Written February 5, 2020
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EpicGuy12
Queen Creek, AZ866 contributions
Dec 2021
This is one of the signature sights in the park and you can spend quite a bit of time there. This place does get quite busy so get there very early or late in the day to avoid the crowds. You can go ahead walk for what seems like forever as the dunes go on and on. This is a great spot to watch both the sunrise and sunset.
Written January 8, 2022
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Dhruven Vora
San Jose, CA20 contributions
Oct 2020
Death valley is full of surprises like sand dunes. It occupies a small patch in the vast expanse of valley. I am still surprised how this could be created. Early morning is the best time to visit imo since the sand is cold and walking barefoot is a great experience.
Written October 26, 2020
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Hatzlacha
Virginia846 contributions
Oct 2021
Never seen/felt anything like it. It's worth having good shoes and water (even for a 10 minute visit), then walking out a little ways. The views and feeling of the intense heat give a real appreciation for the uniqueness of the climate.
Written October 12, 2021
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TOURtheWORLDMexPal
United States1,435 contributions
Oct 2021
Here is a tip before you visit the Dunes:
It is all about the timing... did some research and investigation about time of sunset, sunrise, moon stage, temperature and weather forecast.. plan it right for the best timing. On a clear day with no moon, the starry night is something you will never forget (as I was told). I experienced the most amazing Red Large Moon I have ever seen from zero to 100%. Bring a flash light if your are staying after sunset.
Written October 30, 2021
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Gary
Culver City, CA2,531 contributions
Feb 2021
Most people park in a lot off Hwy 190 to visit these dunes. However if you continue on Highway 190 to Scotty's Castle Road and turn right ....... and proceed on Scotty's Castle Road until you reach Stovepipe Wells Road and turn left onto Stovepipe Wells Road you will reach another small parking lot.

Near the parking lot you will see a marker identifying the original Stovepipe Well - and from there you can walk out into the dunes about one mile. There really is no trail. You just wander among the dunes ...... turning around periodically to keep a point of reference to where you left your car.

During my visit in late February I was the only person out among the dunes, avoiding the primary part of the dunes that most people visit.
Written March 5, 2021
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Roger Dunbar
Goodyear, AZ193 contributions
Oct 2020
This was a cool place to checkout. I really like checking out sand dunes and hiking in the sand. The large dunes are quite a ways if you want to hike to them. We hiked about 1/2 way out into the dunes. We could see the large dunes and saw the ambitious people hiking to them, but we had a good view. October was a good time to go because it was only in the 70's so you could actually hike without getting Heat Stroke. This place is only about 1 hour from Beatty where stayed. I would check this out if you are at Death Valley National Park.
Written November 20, 2020
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