Friday, March 6, 2015

Video of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Sand dunes actually are rare in Death Valley, but the few that do exist are awe-inspiring. The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes is among them.

Particularly easy to reach, the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes boasts crescent, linear and star-shaped dunes. To reach Mesquite Flat, take Hwy. 190 three miles east of Stove Pipe Wells to the parking area. There is no formal trail, but you can follow the ridgelines to the highest dune, which soars 100 feet up.

Here’s a brief video showing a small portion of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes:

If Mesquite Flat looks familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen them on the big screen. Among the many movies filmed here are those in the “Star Wars” series.

Learn more about national park day hiking trails in my Best Sights to See at America’s National Parks guidebook.