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Mesquite Field Dunes

Mesquite Dunes (4130)

For both my wife and I, this photograph illustrates the mental image we had of Death Valley before we actually saw the place.  Just lots of sand and lots of heat.  Certainly that’s part of the story.  But there’s a whole lot more.  On both sides of the valley you’ll see mountain ranges with peaks of 5500 feet or so, and yes, some were even snow-capped.  And that means lots of canyons and winding trails.

If you’ve never walked through dunes, though, you should give it a try.  Climbing a dune can be exhausting.  And when the sun is rising or setting, the shadows are amazing.  These are the Mesquite Field Dunes near Stovepipe Wells (just north of Furnace Creek).  As you can see from all the footprints, the dunes here get lots of visitors.   


2 Responses to “Mesquite Field Dunes”

  1. e. Brooks

    Paul, having never been to Death Valley I think this photo would illustrate my own mental image, except perhaps I didn’t realize there were dunes this large, or that the surrounding mountains were as high.

    Good photo by the way — you captured the dunes, shadows, mountains and human tracks all in one shot. I enjoy reading your posts and viewing the images when you are traveling the southwest…they convey how much you enjoy the area and that you’re having fun.

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks EB. These dunes are big, but not as big as the ones you’d find in Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. Dunes there are hundreds of feet tall, while these might top out at 80 feet or so (just a guess). Still, they’re a bitch to climb!

      Yes, definitely enjoying ourselves. But as always the clock is ticking.


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