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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
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Wilsonville, Alabama
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“Great experience!”
Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

This was one of our favorite hikes in Death Valley. We looked out over these incredible dunes and chose one of the highest ones to hike. Well, it can be tough going up and down the dunes and much further than you think to reach that high dune! But we are so glad we persevered. It was an amazing sight from the top. You could see all the dunes and the surrounding beautiful mountains. It was work but well worth it!

Visited February 2014
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San Diego, California
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“Very pretty”
Reviewed February 13, 2014

We were staying at nearby Stovepipe Wells Village, and stopped on the highway several times to take photos. (from the west in the morning; from the south in the afternoon -- to get the most dramatic shadows. We also drove out to the parking area one night to see the stars without interference from lights -- and were stalked by a coyote who came within about 50 yards of us, barely visible as a shadow in the half-moon's light.

Visited February 2014
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Depoe Bay, Oregon
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“Loved this place!”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

This is a beautiful, quiet place. If you want some great photos, get there very early in the morning before all the visitors leave their footprints everywhere.

Visited January 2014
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San Francisco, California
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“Amazing Sand Dunes”
Reviewed January 22, 2014

It's one of the must-see places at Death Valley!
Although I wasn't there during the best times (sunrise or sunset), I still thought the sand dunes were amazingly cool! If you're tight on time or lazy, you can just walk a few minutes from the parking lot and snap some wonderful pictures of the dunes. You may have to walk farther out to avoid fellow tourists ending up in your pictures though. Not too far off the parking lot, there were some tumbleweeds and tree roots that were great for posing too.
You really get the desert feel there. Go and have fun in the dunes!

Visited March 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Marvellous Mesquite Sand Dunes”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Get an early start if you want to see these at sunrise when they are at their most spectacular, the flat light through the valley illuminates them beautifully. As an amateur photographer this is the best time to view the dunes as over night many of the footprints have been blown away making the whole area look untouched. Never fear if you cannot make it for sunrise, sunset is also supposed to be a good time to visit the dunes.

The dunes are located approximately 30 minute drive north of Furnace Creek on HWY 190, there is a large parking lot to park the car and head out onto the dunes. There is no particular trail to follow, just head on out into the dunes aiming for the highest one to get the best views. Be warned these dunes look further than you think and the sand can make progress slow. If you want to arrive for sunrise make sure you get to the parking lot at least 30 minutes earlier to hike onto the dunes, taking plenty of water with you.

Visiting the dunes is accessible for anyone, how far you want to hike into them is up to you. Be careful of camera equipment the wind can whip up the sand and get everywhere.

Mesquite dunes are a must when in Death Valley, they are a totally unique feature of the area and very different from the geological features along the Badwater Road. I would recommend visiting Mosaic Canyon whilst in the area as it is close by and by all accounts stunning although we didn't have time to visit it. Although make sure you do the hike when the sun is overhead as the canyon is at its most photogenic. Another feature to consider whilst in this part of the park is the Ubehebe Crater, although over an hours drive away this is north of the valley and is convenient when visiting Mosaic Canyon and the sand dunes.

Don't miss out on the Mesquite Sand Dunes whilst in the park, they really are spectacular and something very unexpected and unique in Death Valley.

Visited January 2014
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