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5 Dunes to explore in California

The most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area.

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 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.

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 DunesDEATH VALLEY, CA 92328, USA

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

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.