Sandboarding the Mesquite Sand Dunes

Yosemite Mesquite Sand Dunes

Added by Mark Nguon

Adrenaline rush and unique experienceGreat work outAwesome views of the sand dunes and mountainsThe tall dunes are about a mile or 30 min hike away from the parking lot

Snow level is a little lacking this year? No time or money to fly out to Park City or Whistler? Head over to Death Valley, America's second largest National Park and give sand boarding a try while exploring this amazing park. It's a unique and adrenaline filled activity with one of the most beautiful views you can ask for.

Situated 2 miles out of Stovepipe Well's campground, Mesquite Sand Dunes is huge and beautiful. Start off by selecting a dune from the parking lot and head toward it. Most of the tallest dunes requires a hike of about a mile. Bring the smallest snowboard with bindings you have. This will reduce the amount of friction as sand has a lot more friction than snow. Be sure to also wax it! It'll help with reducing friction, allowing you to go faster!

Another option is a skate board without the wheels. Bring a rope and tie it to the board after you've reached the bottom and have the next person pull it up. It'll be much easier to get back up to the top of the mound while saving you energy to do multiple runs.

This is safe and fun for almost all ages. Even if you can't snowboard or have horrible balance, sitting down on the board is just as fun! The best time to visit and do this activity would be during the spring and fall, as the temperature will be perfect. Be sure to bring enough water as you'll be tired coming back up on top of tall sand dune.

The Mesquite Sand Dunes are the ONLY dunes that don't restrict sandboarding in Death Valley

At the end of the your activity, if you're feeling lazy about cooking, head over to The Saloon for some tasty burgers and local beers!

Pack List

  • Smallest snowboard/skateboard/sandboard
  • Wax
  • Long rope (optional)
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunblock
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Activities:

Camping, Chillin

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Autumn

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Features:

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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5 months ago

Not as easy as it looks!

Brought my snowboard out here but it was difficult to find a dune steep enough to board down. Maybe I needed special wax but I couldn't get enough momentum going. Will have to try again with an actual sand board!

5 months ago

almost 2 years ago

I believe they are in Death Valley and not Yosemite.

almost 2 years ago

almost 2 years ago

I believe they are in Death Valley and not Yosemite.

almost 2 years ago

Added by Mark Nguon

Doing my best to bust the myth that you need lots of money to travel/explore/vacation.

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