Eureka Dunes - Death Valley - California
NEAREST CITY = Big Pine
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
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.
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SALINE VALLEY DUNES
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