Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes—Death Valley National Park
Location: eastern California
Length of visit: 2 hours
Major draws: Sand dunes, scenic views
Strenuosity: 4 out of 10
Cost/Fees: $20 per vehicle or America the Beautiful pass
Additional considerations: Sand gets hot in the sun, no shade
Description: Large dune field surrounded by colorful mountain ranges. Follow footprints or blaze your own trail.