Sand Dunes of the Southwest

Panamint Dunes, CA

Panamint Dunes

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The other Death Valley dunes are all situated on flat valley floors, but these are perched on a slope. 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 about 5.5 miles down the Big Four Mine dirt road leading past Lake Hill, then hike cross-country for about 1 1/2 hours (or about 3 1/2 miles) to reach the dunes. The view from the summit of these dunes reveals their star shape and an impressive view of the valley.

Panamint Dunes

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