November 2019 – Death Valley – Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

You know the phrase “Sand everywhere!”? I say it ALL the time when we’re going to the beach, at the beach, coming home from the beach….. and this time when I said it, there wasn’t an ocean to be found. But frankly, there was sand EVERYWHERE. You can watch the video here!!

The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are magnificent, and I can only imagine that they would be uncomfortably hot during the summer time; however, during our visit the dunes were lovely. We set out on the “trail to everywhere” (I think we should coin that for Death Valley, since there aren’t a lot of well-marked trails, but instead it’s a free-for-all in terms of where you go).

After exploring some of the lower parts, we set our sights on one of the larger dunes in the distance. The weather was holding out so far and we knew it’d be an incredible view. The trek out to the dune was pretty fierce and we went up a fairly steep incline, but holy moly it was serene at the top.

We set up the GoPro and just sat there taking it all in. Then…a slight breeze and sand in the eyes. Then…rain drops. We made the conscious decision to not let sand ruin our photography and video equipment so we made our way down the dune and back to our vehicle. Sand was EVERYWHERE!

A few tips if you plan on visiting the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes:

  • If you’re able, I’d recommend going out beyond where the mass of people tend to stay. The dunes are vast and if you want to see them peacefully, just keep walking (please remember that you’ll have to walk back from wherever you trek to, so have enough water on a hot day).
  • As you can see from the pictures, it’s not all sand. There is a bit of vegetation here and there and it’s fascinating to see the contrast with the surroundings.
  • The parking lot is nice-sized, but if you’re in an RV, options are limited to just a handful of spaces. Plan accordingly. There are also a couple of restrooms near the parking lot!
  • Have towels ready for sandy feet and shoes once you’re done.
  • Top Tip: If you want to avoid the crowds altogether, there’s a back way to the dunes which requires a capable vehicle going down a dirt road off of Scotty’s Castle Road. It’s allegedly much quieter.

I literally found sand in my boots last weekend. It’s EVERYWHERE!

Happy Traveling, friends!

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