The trip to Death Valley National Park came to an end after spending the morning at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. It was quite an interesting landscape because of its distinctive nature, and I tried to capture as much beauty as I could before heading home.

NOTE: For the usual HOW TO GET TOs and WHAT TO BRINGs, please refer to my first day in Death Valley post.

MY MESQUITE FLAT SAND DUNES EXPLORATION

The night sky at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes didn’t cooperate as well as it did the night before, and it was rather overcast. I was quite tired from the lack of sleep the night before as well. So, I decided to get some sleep. Although I woke up to see a couple of times close to the sunrise time if there was sunrise but the clouds never gave way, so I slept in a bit.

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View of Tucki Mountain from the sand dunes

It was still early enough when I stepped into Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. The temperature was not too high, and also the scattered clouds above the sand dunes and the storm clouds rolling in from the east were quite helpful.

Because it was sandy, walking in it was quite slow. Walking in Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes for not even 15 minutes, my Altra Lone Peak 2.5 were already collecting sands.

I turned around and saw Tucki Mountain in the south. I loved how the cotton balls of clouds (Cumulus clouds) were hanging low and were spread all over it.

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Sand dunes with the backdrop of Grapevine Peak, Mt. Palmer and Wahguyhe Peak

I got excited about how the tallest sand dune was seen against the Grapevine Peak to Pyramid Peak mountain range. As I first noticed them in the previous post, the mountain range runs along the California/Nevada borderline.

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Close up of the tallest sand dunes at the time with Grapevine Peak in the distance

As I got closer to this particular group of sand dunes, Grapevine Peak looked more prominent. As much as part of me was tempted, it was not a day to climb that peak.

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Beautiful sand dune line with Grapevine Peak, Mt. Palmer and Wahguyhe Peak in the distance

It was my first time seeing these beautiful curvy and wavy dune lines in person. And they were created by nothing but winds! And they kept changing by the minute!

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Fat sand bike riders with the backdrop of the hills of Tucki Mountain

I saw a couple who rode their fat sand bikes up and down the dunes. It was actually a pretty cool sight.

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Sand dunes with Beatty Junction and the mountain range in the distance

I looked east of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, the mountain range far beyond Beatty Junction came into sight. The range also defines the borderline between the two states.

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Beauty can be found anywhere

Nothing to add to such beauty. It was just perfect.

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Love the textures

Everywhere I looked at Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes was worth pressing the shutter button. When I was planning the trip, I was hoping to capture something close to what I did that day, but honestly it was way more than what I expected. So much beauty in this Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.

Of course, in terms of lighting, it would’ve been much more dramatic at sunrise or even way earlier part of that morning, but the moments that I seized while there were enough for me.

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I didn’t think any man would’ve sculpted it better. This was one of those moments where I saw the power of mother nature at first hand

Also, I know I will go back there because of, for one, Racetrack Playa. When I do, I will actually make an effort to reach Eureka Dunes near Last Chance Mountain in the far north side of the park. It’ll be a lot less touristy and the size of it is way bigger.

The following is the points of the interest I planned but couldn’t and still remain on my list.

  • Telescope Peak (Mahogany Flat Campground)
  • Darwin Falls Trail
  • Mosaic Canyon Trail
  • Racetrack Playa (The Grandstand)
  • Eureka Dunes
  • Devils Golf Course
  • Artist Drive
  • Saline Valley Hot Springs

This link also lists what other points of interest to be checked out.

My trip to Death Valley National Park was not long enough to explore all the places that I wanted and cover all the distance that I had to drive. But one thing is certain. I am definitely going back as soon as I have a chance.

Have you been to the points of interest that I listed above? Have you hiked all of three (Telescope, Darwin and Mosaic)? How was your stroll in Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes? 

Thanks for reading.

13 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve been to many national parks and even worked in Yellowstone and the Everglades, but I’ve only driven through Death Valley on my way to San Diego when I was a kid. It’s definitely on my list of parks to see (or possibly work in) one of these days.

    • That’s really cool that you’ve been to many and even worked in a couple! Yellowstone and Everglades NPs are still on my to visit list! This ever growing and also nagging reminder in me that I must go visit all of them (59, last time I checked…) I’ve been to some, but when I did, it wasn’t like I was fully immersed in them… For instance, I love backpacking, so just driving to one point of interest to another, which I noticed many ‘tourists’ did Death Valley NP isn’t the definition of exploring to me. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with it. Considering time and needs, it is what they could do. I just do not plan it that way. I’d rather spend an entire day at only two points of interest, because there’s so much to see, explore and take photos of. 🙂 I was seriously blown away by the sheer size of the park, and there were so many things to see. And that’s how I enjoyed, even only part of it, my time at bottom of the Grand Canyon as well as in the crater of Haleakala NPs by backpacking for multiple days. 🙂 I am looking forward to your visit to Death Valley NP. 🙂 P.S. I will go back there again, because I didn’t see all of it. And more night photography. As I wrote it in the other Death Valley trip posts, it is one of the top five Milky Way spots in the world, so why not. 🙂

  2. That is a great variation on the ‘Down the road apiece’ one associates with 5o miles across Death Valley! Only, I can’t imagine any mesquito surviving there, and they certainly aren’t flat!
    The curves are amazing.

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