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    Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail

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    63 m
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    Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail

    A fun hike with scenic views of the surrounding landscape, the Mesquite Flat and Sand Dunes Trail is a must do when visiting Death Valley National Park. Leading you through rolling sand dunes, the route is both fairly short, and lacks any serious elevation fluctuation. The Mesquite Flat and Sand Dunes Trail is therefore a perfect route for the entire family to enjoy.

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    Route Description for Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail

    The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail is in the desert environment of Death Valley National Park, and so it is important that you prepare yourself for the arid conditions. Almost no shade exists throughout the duration of the route, and so we recommend wearing lots of sunscreen and a good hat to help protect you from the effects of the sun. We also recommend bringing lots of water with you!

    A relatively leisurely route, the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail is perfect for all skill levels and families with young children. The route is not only incredibly scenic, but also lots of fun! Traversing the large rolling sand dunes makes you feel as though you're on an alien planet, and is incredibly entertaining.

    Having parked your vehicle, locate the trailhead at the northern section of the lot. The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail itself is very straightforward. Simply follow the route north towards the sand dunes in the foreground. After gaining a small amount of elevation, the trail will end, and beautiful views of the surrounding area can be enjoyed. Once you have thoroughly enjoyed the views and had an opportunity to explore the dunes, backtrack your steps towards the trailhead.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How did Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes form?

    Sand is deposited at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes by the interplay between the wind and the location of Tucki Mountain.

    What animals inhabit sand dunes?

    It's hard to imagine large piles of sand supporting a diverse ecosystem, but lots of creatures call sand dunes home. Reptiles like snakes and lizards can thrive in a sand dune ecosystem, along with a variety of insects such as spiders, crickets, and beetles.

    What movies were filmed at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes?

    Parts of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope were filmed at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. May the force be with you!

    Insider Hints for Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail

    • Go earlier in the day or later in the afternoon to avoid the midday heat!
    • Hiking poles can be helpful when traveling along the loose sand.
    • Keep an eye out for snakes, as there are three venomous species in the region.
    • Be sure to check out the Death Valley visitor center located just west of the route.

    Getting to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Trail is located at a parking lot off of Highway 190, in Death Valley National Park.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Stovepipe Wells Campground

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    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

    • Pets allowed


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