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MESQUITE FLAT DUNES: Visiting Death Valley’s Most Popular Dunes

Mesquite Flat Dunes is the most popular dune field in Death Valley National Park featuring a stunning backdrop of purple mountain majesty.

About Mesquite Flat Dunes

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Mesquite Flat Dunes at Sunrise | Death Valley National Park

Mesquite Flat Dunes is the most popular of the six dune fields located in Death Valley National Park. Seemingly endless golden dunes roll off toward the horizon with a backdrop of purple mountain majesty.

Located next to Stovepipe Wells village Mesquite Flat Dunes is an easy stop and a must-see for anyone visiting Death Valley. 

Make sure to layer up with sunscreen prior to hiking into the dunes and bring plenty of water. There is no natural cover from the sun and the sand can be extremely hot to the touch.

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Best Time to Visit Mesquite Flat Dunes

The best time to visit Mesquite Flat Dunes is at sunrise when the dunes have less people and the magical colors sweep across the valley floor. Sunset is another great time to see these dunes.

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Things to Note When Visiting Mesquite Flat Dunes

Entrance Fees: The fee to enter Death Valley is $30 per vehicle. If you plan on visiting more than 1 national park this year we suggest you go ahead and purchase the America the Beautiful Pass (which can be found at the entrance gates to most national parks or online here). This pass gets you into all National Parks, Forests, Monuments, and more including 2,000 sites for free after a one time $79 fee.

Guide: I highly recommend this one.

Map: I use this one.

Provisions: Make sure to pack plenty of food & water – the hot sun sneaks up on you!

Sunscreen: For many of us visiting national parks in the summer means lots of sun. Seriously, some of these parks can zap you if you don’t wear sunscreen. We happen to like this one because it works AND it’s not full of a bunch of chemicals.

Leave No Trace: We’re big fans of Leave No Trace, here at MTJP. Want to learn more? Read about the seven principals of Leave No Trace here.

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About Death Valley

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The valley floor of Death Valley National Park

Situated on California’s southeastern border with Nevada, Death Valley National Park spans over 5,000 square miles of otherworldly vistas. The largest national park in the continental United States, Death Valley is a park for superlatives.

Death Valley is the hottest place on earth, the lowest place in North America, and the driest place in the United States. Death Valley is also the largest National Park outside of Alaska.


Death Valley Video

In the remote far reaches of the Mojave Desert lies the largest national park in the continental United States. Hidden here in the hottest place on earth is another world full of diverse life and colorful landscapes.

Join us as we take life to the extreme and explore Death Valley. Filmed primarily in 8K.​


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Will Pattiz

Co-founder of More Than Just Parks. Husband. Conservationist. Currently living in NYC.

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