Eureka Sand Dunes, Photo Gallery, Death Valley National Park, California
Eureka Sand Dunes
Death Valley National Park
The Eureka Sand Dunes are the tallest dunes in Death Valley, and all of California. They rise nearly 700' from the Eureka Valley floor, which separates the Last Chance Mountains (east) from the Saline Range (west). The Eureka Dunes receive more rainfall than others in Death Valley, and are home to 5 beetles and 3 plants found nowhere else in the world.
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The Eureka Dunes famously hum as swirling grains of sand race down the dunes' angle of repose
The Eureka Sand Dunes are three miles long by one mile wide
The colorful and striated Last Chance Mountain Range frames Eureka Valley to the east.
The Eureka Dunes rise nearly 700' from a dry lake bed to the west
A hiker looks back at the snow covered Eureka Dunes in late December.
The Eureka Dunes are located at 3000', a cooler elevation where winter snow is not uncommon
Due to their location within Eureka Valley, the dunes are known for their ability to retain moisture.
The back side of the sand dune range provides easier access to climbing the highest dunes.
Steep angles and deep, loose sand make climbing the dunes an arduous endeavor
Eureka Valley, as seen from the highest dune summit, plays home to another set of 'hidden dunes'.
Polished colorful stones litter the valley between the dunes and the Last Chance Mountain Range.
Eureka dune grass is one of three plant species found nowhere else in the world.
The higest sand dune measures just under 700' from the Eureka Valley floor.
Group of stones gathered on the dry lake bed which borders the Eureka Dunes.
The Eureka Sand Dunes are the highest set of dunes in the state of California.
3 endemic plant species' range is limited to this island of sand - Eureka Dune Grass, Eureka Dunes Evening Primrose and Shining Milkvetch