I have done a few road trips. Some with my whole family ( when our kids were still quite young and later when they were teenagers). Now I go on road trip with my husband. We plan the trip together. We decide where we should stop for visit. I usually book the accommodation. My husband is the driver and with the help of the GPS, we get where we want.
On this road trip, we had plan to visit Death Valley National Park as we were already in California. I did not know much about this National Park but I was very curious to discover this very special place.
We booked a room in Stovepipe Wells village. It just happen that the hotel was very close to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. It made it easy to go at sunset and again early in the morning. One experience I will never forget. If you have been to a desert you will know the feeling of walking on sand and climbing sand dunes. I had been to a sand dune in France in 2015 but this was totally different than what I saw in DVNP.
I will share a few pictures and let you get the feeling of it. The first picture was taken early in the morning (7:50 ) when there were very few people on the dunes. We did not stay very long that day because we knew we would come back later and we had so many other places to see.
That night, it was almost full moon and many people wanted to see it from the dune. Because the temperature was cooler in the evening than during the day , it was a good time to explore. But Death Valley is known for warm, very warm temperature. Even for us with a visit in March, the temperature went up to 101 F (over 38C).
I really wanted to go on the biggest dunes and the only way we could do it easily was to get up early and go right away before wasting any time. It was the best decision for us as we were able to climb all the biggest dunes and take photos with almost nobody in it.
We stayed on the dunes for almost one hour and a half. It was a great feeling to walk bare feet . I am happy I did not see the desert sidewinder snake ( I only saw the trace ).
The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are at the northern end of the valley floor and are nearly surrounded by mountains on all sides. Due to their easy access from the road and the overall proximity of Death Valley to Hollywood , these dunes have been used to film sand dune scenes for several movies including films in the Star Wars series. The largest dune is called Star Dune and is relatively stable and stationary because it is at a point where the various winds that shape the dunes converge. The depth of the sand at its crest is 130–140 feet (40–43 m) but this is small compared to other dunes in the area that have sand depths of up to 600–700 feet (180–210 m) deep.
Thanks for reading and for writing a comment. I will write more on DVNP and share other places we visited. Now that summer is here, I might not post every week.