18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Eureka Dunes

The Eureka Dunes lie in the remote Eureka Valley, an enclosed basin at 3000 foot elevation located northwest of Death Valley. The dunes cover an area only 3 miles long and 1 mile wide, yet they are the tallest sand dunes in California, possibly the tallest in all of North America. They rise suddenly more than 680 feet above the dry lakebed at their western base. As tall as these dunes are, they are dwarfed by the impressive limestone wall of the Last Chance Mountains which rises another 4000 feet above the valley floor.

Photo Detail
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: death valley, ca, United States of America
Camera: GFX 100
Copyright: © joSon Studio