This is the most visited sand dune in Death Valley. It is located almost right next to the Stovepipe Wells Village , but it’s also a short driving distance from Furnace Creek campground, visitor center, and resort area as well.
Although this may be the a more popular sand dune in the park due to its close proximity to conveniences, it is not crowded. I found that most people who go to mesquite sand dune tend to just get off of their car and then take a few steps out of the parking lot and snap a few photos before they move on to the next thing. The parking lot was probably half full when we were there, and we were the only people heading out to the high dune.
The great thing about hiking in the sand dunes is that there’s no trail. Don’t be afraid of getting lost, though because there aren’t any bushes or trees to block your sight either.
The high dune is probably about a mile or two hike. It’s pretty easy and mostly flat. Beside the fact that you get all sandy, this is a really easy hike. I’m surprised most people don’t do it because they will get much better photos if they hike a bit further in comparison to taking pictures of the dunes from the parking lot.
If you live in southern california and want to visit a sand dune closer to home, then i suggest Kelso Dunes in Mojave Preserve!