Hot. Dry. Desolate. Intense. These are just a few of the words people use to describe Death Valley National Park. It’s a unique place to visit, not to mention run.

Come prepared, bring plenty of water, respect the desert, and run your heart out. There are some incredible adventures just waiting to be had in this wonderland.

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Two miles east of the Stovepipe Wells Campground you’ll find 14 square miles of sand dunes to explore. It’s unique in that there isn’t a trail to follow—You have the freedom to find your own line and run where you please, logging as many miles as you desire.

The sand is super fine; dense and firm in some spots and loose and soft in others. The tallest dune in the area is about a mile from the parking lot, and the view is worth the climb.