Mesquite Flat Dunes are also known as the Stovepipe Wells
These 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.