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Taken after sunset, they may looks like trees on this POV, but there are only about 1 to 2 feet tall only

When visiting Death Valley National Park, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes is one of the highlight, even though the dune covered less than one percent of the desert. It provides such photographic opportunities, since it is surrounded by mountains.

The sand dunes of Death Valley National Park are excellent places for nature study and recreation, and the great thing is, off-road vehicle travel is not permitted, so you donít have the noise from the ATV like in many other dunes. For those who donít what ATV is, ďall-terrain vehicle,Ē it is a little vehicle about the size of the golf card with motor that allows you to drive on the sand fairly fast and it is very noisy.

There are several dunes within the park.
Mesquite Flat Dunes are the best known and easiest to visit in the national park. 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. This dune field includes three types of dunes: crescent, linear, and star shaped. Polygon-cracked clay of an ancient lakebed forms the floor. Mesquite trees have created large hummocks that provide stable habitats for wildlife.

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