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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Just outside Stovepipe Wells, the Mesquite Flat Dunes are the most accessible of the five major dune systems in Death Valley National Park. Rising to a height of 100 feet, they’re far from the tallest in the park but include three different kinds of dunes. This undulating sea of sand is positively gorgeous, especially in early morning or around sunset when the light accents the dunes’ contours and wind-carved ripples. The mesquite trees that give the dunes their name also provide shelter and habitat for wildlife. Come out in the morning and you might see tracks etched in the sand by a host of nocturnal desert creatures.