The Eureka Sand Dunes are one of my favorite shooting locations for engagement photos. My sister and her boyfriend came to visit and we explored all over the Eastern Sierra. We decided to do a styled photo session in the dunes, and they were such great models!
The Eureka Sand Dunes are located on the edge of Death Valley, right outside the National Park. It’s very convenient that you don’t have to enter the park or pay any fees.
Directions and Logistics
To access the dunes, there are 20 miles of washboarded dirt road. Depending on your car, you’ll need to drive slowly. A 4-wheel drive car, especially some kind of truck, is ideal! I have done it in a camper van and it was very bumpy, however, if you’re willing to drive slow, camping in your van out there would be so idyllic!
Best season for Engagement Photos in the Eureka Sand Dunes
This a winter only location! I photographed this couple in February and we were sweating! You can expect all kinds of weather including wind, heat, or cold. Bring food, water, and warm layers so that you are prepared for unexpected scenarios.
Camping and Activities near the Eureka Sand Dunes
Camping is free and there are designated sites with fire rings and a pit toilet. I strongly advise using the provided spaces to protect the land and follow Leave No Trace Principles!
See another photo session in the Eureka Sand Dunes here
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