Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail

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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly 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 birding and is best used from October until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles
206 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

13 days ago

Made it up to the highest peak well worth it making it more strenuous. Would love to come again

1 month ago

Just was up there recently and weather was perfect! Wrote a little trip report too.Definitely try and go see the sand dunes around sunset. It's magical!

1 month ago

We walked from the parking lot to the highest dune which is about 150 feet above the valley floor. It's a tough 1.1 mile up and down hike (one way) but worth it! I recommend going early in the morning to beat the crowd or enjoying a picnic during sunset. Wear your gaiters or go barefoot.

3 months ago

Short fun trip across the dunes. We sought out the tallest dune of the day. It might change soon but for today, this was it. Nice fun adventure in the sands.

8 months ago

Very strenuous because you are going up and down hills of sand. There is no distinct trail, just go as much as you want. We went early in the morning to avoid overheating. Make sure to pack plenty of water. It is also safe to take your shoes off while walking.

8 months ago

Have ventured out this trail a couple of times, it is like the Sahara, especially when it was 129 degrees in the valley in late June, 2013. Left before 7:30 in the morning and it was still 100 outside. Make sure you take water as it looks shorter than it is, and walking in sand is harder. Also if you do it during the very early morning or early evening you might see some wildlife, as in snakes & rodents… A great adventure!

8 months ago

This is a great place to experience sand dunes. Parking lot is right on the road and very close to Stovepipe Wells (food/water, etc). Park and start walking right into the dunes. They cover a vast expanse and even with large crowds, you can find solitude and untracked sand all over. The highest dune is not too far a hike, but it'll take some time since walking in sand can be slow, especially when climbing steep inclines.

9 months ago

Although the sun beat down very hot, the shade on the dunes kept us surprisingly cool. Very soft and silky sand

10 months ago

This hike is best done closer to the sunset or sunrise, simply because it is cooler at those times. Apart from that, it is a pretty easy hike. Expect winds to blow sand into your mouths, eyes, and other parts.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Nice but small an crowded. the dunes in mojave are much better

Monday, November 14, 2016

Gorgeous! Dunes are soft at the top and hard at the bottom. Hoof it to the far and tallest dunes, the views are worth it.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Awesome experience

Sunday, October 02, 2016

A desert sand dune experience as in Sahara

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

If this the hike in the Mesquite Sand dunes, then it is well worth it, very photogenic dunes, highly recommend for a sunrise or a sunset moment, have fun exploring!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Monday, September 07, 2015

Amazing scenic views! The sand is awesome! You don't feel as if you are in NV/CA

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Best time to visit: early morning, just as the sun is coming up. If you're a photographer, try to time it so you visit right after a windstorm has swept the dunes clear of tracks: otherwise, you get a lot of footprints and very few undisturbed dunes with ripple marks. It's worth the easy hike to the top of the highest dune, just to get the views of the valley and the surrounding dunes. Most people seem to stay close to the parking area, and don't venture more than 300 yards form the trailhead -- they have no idea what they're missing! Periodic flash floods come from the nearby canyons and bring fine silt into the dunes, where it hardens into cracked mud flats among the dunes; a rather unusual sight and a compelling photographic subject.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Great hike, don't miss it. But don't expect solitude. Good tips in the review below about timing, also keep an eye our for different animal tracks and different flora in and around the dunes. Obviously a cross country hike, wander around a bit or head out to the tall one.

Monday, June 23, 2014

We visit Death Valley every Spring to enjoy the beauty of the desert. And one unique hike for us is the Eureka Dunes. Here's the best tip I can give anyone for visiting sand dunes in Death Valley: Hike them in the early morning hours or near sundown and at sundown. Why you ask? For starters, it's hotter than hell out on those Dunes during the heat of the day and it can be scary dangerous--it's dry, dry, dry and hot, hot, hot. For folks not aware, hiking in sand dunes can be like walking into a convection oven, and before you know it, you're cooked. So please take lots of water, wear a hat, and take your camera! Going to the dunes is all about taking photos of the light and shadows on the dunes. And beyond that, to shoot the sky in all its variety above the dunes. Here's another tip, the last two times we've been on the dunes, a sudden wind storm kicked up pelting us with sand--and let me tell you, SAND HURTS when it gets in your eyes and mouth. And your poor camera is going to really crap out if it's full of sand. So, shove your camera into a backpack, wrap a scarf about your head, and get off those dunes as fast as you can. We've now started hiking the dunes with goggles, face masks and backpacks to put our cameras in when we get stuck in a sand storm. Suggestion for folks new to dunes: Hike out to where there are no footprints to get pure virgin dunes. Then get your camera out and take great shots capturing light and shadow on the sand. Experiment with composition. You'll have some great professional looking shots suitable for framing. And the sunsets, oh my!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The mesquite dunes were the highlight of our recent Death Valley adventure. Hike up then slide or roll down. Great fun!

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