Death Valley’s Sublime Eureka Dunes

This is probably the eight time I’ve visited Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park and I still get a thrill from the experience.  Once again I was buzzed by fighter jets but these jets from nearby China Lake Naval Base.  I spent a couple of days here so I’ll have 2 or 3 posts from here. What’s great about sand dunes is that they are always shifting so you may see something you hadn’t seen before including your own shadow!(See Below)  Is that my shadow or someone else standing down there?

 

It was pretty warm out there(80 F) and there was no shade and the heat was bouncing off the sand. Hiking dunes can be an exercise in futility.
It was pretty warm out there(80 F)  with no shade and the heat bouncing off the sand. Hiking dunes can be an exercise in futility. I was afraid to make tracks in these amazing sand patterns because they were so pristine. Eureka Dunes is in a remote part of Death Valley and has few visitors.

 

The road to Eureka Dunes.
The road to Eureka Dunes, wash boarding and teeth rattling  included.

 

Those are the Last Chance Mountains in the background, a somewhat fitting name for Death Valley
Those are the Last Chance Mountains in the background, a somewhat fitting name for Death Valley

 

Death Valley's Eureka Dunes

 

Patterns and ripples produced by erosion are the dominant features of Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Patterns and ripples produced by erosion are the dominant features of Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California
Andy Warhol couldn’t design patterns this cool.

 

Patterns and ripples produced by erosion are the dominant features of Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

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These jets come onto you real fast. You don’t hear them until they pass although another flew about 200 feet right above me. My camera was not close unfortunately. Next time these pilots should call me and let me know they’re coming.

 

Patterns and ripples produced by erosion are the dominant features of Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Patterns and ripples produced by erosion are the dominant features of Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Patterns and ripples produced by erosion are the dominant features of Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Vegetation clings to life at Eureka Dunes at Death Valley National Park, California

 

Campground site in a remote area of Death Valley National Park, California
It got down into the mid 30sF during the night as a full moon was rising. I was stalked by a kangaroo rat while sitting around the fire. They are  similar to a field mouse but like to run around on their hind legs, hence the name. Next time I’ll get a pic. Then the zipper on my tent broke and I was afraid that rat would join me during the night.

 

 

20 responses to “Death Valley’s Sublime Eureka Dunes”

  1. These sand dunes images are incredibly beautiful. I’m in awe with the shadow capture of the first one. The lonely tree is a great capture.
    Camping alone… stay safe, Michael.

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  2. Such gorgeous patterns, Mike. They are mesmerizing…one can stare at them at great length and never tire. The 4th from the last photo made me think of the stripes on zebras or tigers, no two alike. Like that ‘Nature by the Numbers’ video I posted, you feel that Universal connection at work here.

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