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PANAMINT DUNES: How to Visit this (EPIC) Death Valley Dune Field

The Panamint Dunes are a less-traveled dune field in Death Valley National Park that most visitors see from afar rather than visit themselves.

About Panamint Dunes

Panamint Dunes at Sunset | Death Valley National Park

The Panamint Dunes are a less-traveled dune field in Death Valley National Park that most visitors see from afar rather than actually visit themselves. The dune field is located in Panamint Valley and the trailhead for the dunes is accessed off of a long dirt road.

Distance: 7 miles roundtrip
Time: 3-4 hours

The hike to the dunes is a longer one at 7 miles and should only be attemted during cooler temperatures as the heat can turn life-threatening in a hurry.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Panamint Dunes is early in the morning to take advantage of the cooler temperatures. Evening can also present a great time to visit although temperatures will be warmer.

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Things to Note

The road leading to Panamint Dunes is long and unpaved with old abandoned autos along the way. It will take longer to drive than Google estimates.

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Things to Note When Visiting Panamint 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.

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.


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.


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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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