Lines Of Light

Equipment Info
Nearest Area
Ibex Dunes, Death Valley National Park
Baker, California
Brief Directions

From Baker, drive about about 35 minutes north on highway 127, turn left on Harry Wade road, go about 6 miles, then turn right onto Saratoga Springs road. You'll see the dunes off to the right.


The Dumont Dunes north of Baker, California are beautiful: long, sloping, graceful lines and curves, almost no vegetation, and made of gorgeously reflective silica sand. How heartbreaking it was when I arrived at the dunes, all a-twitter with excitement, only to find out that they are an off-road vehicle park. All those pristine dune faces I saw from a distance were, in actuality, covered with tire tracks. There wasn't a single untouched dune in the place. And having arrived at the dunes only an hour before sunset, I didn't have time to drive back to the Kelso Dunes in the Mojave, or to drive to the Mesquite Dunes north in Death Valley. Epic clouds were building for sunset and I felt like crying. But not one to sit around and curse the fates, I decided to do a little exploring, and set off down Harry Wade road into the very southern tip of Death Valley. After what felt like 10 spine-jarring, teeth-rattling miles of washboard road where I was searching frantically for some interesting desert feature to shoot, I happened to glance to my right and saw something amazing off in the distance: sand dunes. SAND DUNES!! I yelled, and leapt out of the car in my excitement. I had no idea how far away the dunes were, but nothing was going to stop me from shooting them. After 40 minutes of olympic-class speed walking, I arrived at the base of the dunes, and practically exploded with elation: no tire tracks, no vegetation, not even any footprints. These dunes were as pristine as it gets.

Date Added
March 30, 2012
Date Taken
March 30, 2012