Located in central Death Valley near Stovepipe Wells, access is from Hwy. 190 or from the unpaved Sand Dunes Road. Although the highest dune rises only about 100 feet, the dunes actually cover a vast area.
I completely fell in love with this place and loved the dry desert heat. We hiked 1 mile into the dunes and found this beautiful curved sand dune. the sky was exploding with color in all directions. Here in this scene the sun was setting to my right. I composed here to avoid the harsh sunlight in the frame.
In Death Valley, sand dunes are less common than might be expected. Five widely separated dune fields exist in the national park--yet they account for only a fraction of the total acreage. Sand is scattered throughout the desert, but in only a few places is it gathered by the interaction of wind and mountains to form dunes. Winds blowing through Death Valley are slowed here at the Mesquite Dunes by the changing shape of the valley and towering Tucki Mountain