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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail

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Death Valley National Park

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from November until March.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 206 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

17 days ago

Very hot and minimal shade, but worth a short trek--feels like you're on a different continent entirely! We tried using a cardbox to sled down the dunes but didn't make it too far... small and lighter kids might have better luck =)

hiking
26 days ago

Amazing! Visited many years ago...Would like to return to Death Valley some day!

hiking
3 months ago

Woke up early to catch the sunrise from the dunes - worth it. Recorded the experience in 4k here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKB_jeUnzko

hiking
3 months ago

There is no real trail, just star walking toward whatever looks interesting. Like many others, we headed for the highest dunes about a mile away. We followed some ridges and cut straight across some areas. It was so much like being on another planet that it is no wonder why they have film so many sci-fi movies here including Star Wars.

hiking
no shade
off trail
3 months ago

Very majestic. You can walk out however far you want. There is no defined trail. Try going in the late afternoon when the sun hits the dunes.

hiking
3 months ago

Really cool experience. Sand is super soft if you get out far enough. Saw some people getting busted/ticketed by a ranger for camping in the parking lot and others for bring dogs out. Signs everywhere saying what the laws are. Just gotta follow em. Best at sunrise with the pink light only hitting one side of the dunes. Good view of Thimble peak behind the tallest dune.Great for families

hiking
4 months ago

Unique and easy hike. Can go out barefoot and enjoy the stunning views east and west.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Absolutely awesome!

no shade
off trail
4 months ago

Never really found a trail, just wandered around the dunes

hiking
4 months ago

My favorite place in Death Valley

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous. Fun to run down the dunes. Forgot to turn the recording off when we drove away, oops

hiking
4 months ago

Really enjoyed wandering around in the dunes. The late afternoon silhouettes on the dunes were beautiful to see.

recorded Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

walking
5 months ago

Nice walk in the dunes. We reached when it’s almost getting dark and it’s cloudy. I had a complete different experience than before

hiking
scramble
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

I was really surprised how much I liked this area. There really is not a set trail and you are free to explore the dunes. I was also surprised at how compact a lot of the sand was. I expected to sink in on every step (which did happen a lot on the steeper slopes), but on flatter ground and on the ridges, the sand seemed to be more compacted and easier to walk on. One of the coolest things was to go beyond where most of the human footprints cover the sand and check out all of the animal tracks and wind patterns made in the sand. It is worth going early in the day when it is cool and just exploring around.

hiking
no shade
off trail
6 months ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
6 months ago

Sand dunes are so beautiful! You don't have to follow the trail marked here, and you can create your own trail and walk as long as you want. One of the most beautiful places in the Valley.

you choose your trail! As far as I can tell you can roam the sand dunes. this is definitely worthwile. the sand is really fine so it is ok to walk barefoot if the sand is not hot

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing place, but a must is to head to the east where there are few — if any — people. There you will find unique desert habitats and gorgeous dunes sculpted only by winds and not footprints. Probably our most fun moments in the park were had here (disclaimer is I have a 5- and an 8-year-old ... but would have loved it anyway).

6 months ago

cool place to take off your shoes :) it can be as long as you want, climb or go around the dunes. go at the beginning or end of the day. kids had a great time rolling in the sand :)

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

A nice stroll. Easy and right off the highway.

hiking
bugs
flooded
muddy
no shade
off trail
7 months ago

It's a great hike in sand. It's not as easy as it looks. To get to the further sand dunes it's a serious effort. Get enough water, nothing is as close as it looks.

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