Panamint Dunes Trail

  • Panamint Dunes in Death Valley National Park.
  • Panamint Dunes in Death Valley National Park.


Dogs No

6 (miles)


Out & Back

~1000 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)


Death Valley

Panamint Dunes is a difficult hike in Death Valley National Park. This trail is family friendly but may be too much for small children. The dunes may appear close from the trailhead, but that is deceptive, they are more than a mile away. There is no defined trail as well, so be prepared for minor cross-country travel. The dunes are on the Panamint Valley floor and their remoteness and hard access makes them one of least visited spots in the park. Those who make the trek are rewarded with solitude and amazing views of the Panamint, Cottonwood and Nelson mountain ranges. Hike in the early morning and evening for the best sunlight for photography opportunities. If you are visiting in the summer, this may not be the best hike as it's going to be excruciatingly hot. Always be prepared for desert hiking and carry extra water. There is camping available in Death Valley National Park.

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Contact: Death Valley National Park P.O. Box 579 Death Valley, CA 92328

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