Eureka Dunes - Death Valley - California


Eureka Dunes are accessable by most standard vehicles via the Death Valley/Big Pine Road. From the Ubehebe Crater Road you must travel 44 miles of graded dirt to the dunes. From the town of Big Pine there are 28 miles of paved road and 21 miles of graded dirt to the dunes. The final 10 miles of both routes is the narrow South Eureka Road. During the rainy season, all access to Eureka Dunes can be closed or limited. No water or services are available along this route.
Take Highway 395 So. Cal to the town of Big Pine. From there, go east on the Big Pine-Death Valley Road. The road is paved for the first 20 miles or so and then turns to dirt. Follow the dirt road into the middle of Eureka Valley and keep an eye out for a dirt road to the right. Follow that road to the base of the dunes.
For further information call:
(760) 786-2331.

Gently rippling up from the edge of salt flats, these low dunes cover a large area, yet go unnoticed by most visitors to this remote valley. The Inyo Mountains tower nearly 10,000 feet above. The long, rough drive into Saline Valley limits casual visits, so come prepared. Winter snows and flashfloods can temporarily limit access.

Travelers crossing Panamint Valley on Hwy. 190 may view these dunes as a distant, pale smudge to the north. Those wanting a closer look must drive the unmarked, dirt road leading to the Big Four Mine, then hike cross-country 3 miles. The other dunes of Death Valley are all situated on flat valley floors, but these are perched on a slope. The view from the summit of these dunes reveals their star shape and an impressive view down the valley.

Visitors to Saratoga Springs may notice these dunes, but they are shielded from paved roads by rocky desert hills. Hike about one mile from the Saratoga Springs Road for access. An old talc mine at the base of the Saddle Peak Hills overlooks the dunes from the east.

Submitted by: Lon Beale