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10 Dunes to explore in United States

United States

Third largest and third most populous country in the world. Size-wise, it is almost as large as the continent of Europe.

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Back Bay National Wildlife RefugeVirginia Beach, VA, USA

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) contains over 9,200 acres. Habitats include beach, dunes, woodland, and freshwater marsh. The majority of refuge marshlands are on islands contained within the waters of the Back Bay. Thousands of geese, swans and a large variety of ducks visit Back Bay NWR during the winter migration,

Dumont Dunes
Dumont DunesDumont Dunes, California, USA

Dumont Dunes Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area encompasses 7,620 acres of public land.. Bordered by steep volcanic hills and the slow running Amargosa River, the region is easily recognized from a distance by its distinctive sand dunes. The remote location and variety of terrain appeal to those seeking primitive camping opportunities, off-road adventures, fabulous scenery, and opportunities for solitude.

Eureka Dunes
Eureka DunesEureka Dunes, California, USA

The Eureka Dunes lie in the remote Eureka Valley, an enclosed basin at 3000 foot elevation located northwest of Death Valley. it is the most stunning dune field of the five in DEath valley national park and they are the tallest in California. it is quiet difficult to climb and also dangerous in the hot months. As tall as these dunes are, they are dwarfed by the impressive limestone wall of the Last Chance Mountains which rises another 4000 feet above the valley floor.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is an American national park that conserves an area of large sand dunes up to 750 feeton the eastern edge of the San Luis Valley. This park features North America's tallest dunes, rising over 750 feet high against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This geologic wonderland, containing over 30 square miles of massive dunes, became a national monument in 1932. The park contains the tallest sand dunes in North America.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve 11999 CO-150, Mosca, CO 81146, USA

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is an American national park that conserves an area of large sand dunes up to 750 feet. Its sandbox of epic proportions, the entire dune field encompasses 30 square miles and the tallest dune towers 750 feet high. Aside from the dunes, you'll find picnicking, hiking and camping opportunities, the challenging four-wheel scenic drive on Medano Pass, horseback-riding trails, the mysteriously appearing and disappearing Medano Creek.

High Dune
High DuneHigh Dune, Colorado 81146, USA

The high dune on the first ridge is neither the highest in elevation nor the tallest in the park, but it looks that way from the main parking lot. Discover this 4.8-km out-and-back trail near Gardner, Colorado. Generally considered a challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 26 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, camping, and hiking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring.

Hot Well Dunes
Hot Well DunesSafford, AZ 85546, USA

Hot Well Dunes provides the opportunity to ride 2,000 acres of sand dunes, set up a camp, and then soak in relaxing hot tubs, all in the same location.The sands at the Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area were a beach surrounding a lake approximately two million years ago. What remains today is one of the most unique recreation spots in Arizona.

Kelso Dunes
Kelso DunesKelso Dunes, California, USA

This is the largest field of aeolian sand deposits in the Mojave Desert. The region is protected by the Mojave National Preserve. The dune field covers 45 square miles and includes migrating dunes, vegetation-stabilized dunes, sand sheets, and sand ramps.

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Mesquite Flat Sand DunesDEATH VALLEY, CA 92328, USA

Mountain-fringed sand dunes reaching 100 ft. A prime spot for sand-boarding.

Panamint Dunes
Panamint DunesPanamint Dunes, California, USA

The Panamint Dunes are described as the least visited and most isolated series of sand dunes in Death Valley National Park. Getting to the dunes requires a little work, but your efforts are likely to be paid off by having the breathtaking area entirely to yourself! With epic views and ever-elusive solitude, backpacking to the the Panamint Sand Dunes is truly an unforgettable experience.

Map of Dunes to explore in United States