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About Death Valley National Park
Campgrounds in Death Valley
One of the most centrally located campgrounds in Death Valley, Furnace Creek is seated in a cradle of astonishing ruggedness, surrounded by the...
Mesquite Spring is your chance to avoid crowds and recharge with some winter camping, minus the noise of RV engines (as many of the RV winter...
On a ridgeline of the Panamint range awaits Mahogany Flat, one of the only Death Valley campgrounds where you’ll appreciate the shady reach of...
Saying the words Wildrose Canyon elicits a sense of the mythical, perhaps even the magical, camping experience. Its namesake, Wildrose Campground,...
In the asperous hills above the Furnace Creek area, Texas Spring provides 92 options that include both tent and RV camping and enviable views of...
Imagine the curved ripple of velvety sand against a backdrop of serrated peaks. The nearby sand dunes make Stovepipe Wells a good spot to park...
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While most of the sites do have some sort of tree coverage for shade, not all do. The site we ended up with was just a sectioned off area in the flat dirt. Not bad (key word FLAT), but come prepared with some form or fashion of your own shade, just in case!
One of my favorite DV campsites situated on a ridge line with a view of Badwater Basin and Telescope Peak. One of the most intense elevation increases in the lower 48. Situated at 8200ft it can get a bit chilly at night even for DV. After the Charcoal Kilns the road does get a bit more rough and 4x4 IS RECOMMENDED. However, I have drove a Kia, Nissan Maxima, and Chevy Impala to the top with no problem provided the weather was good. This is where the Telescope Peak trail head is which I highly recommend. Even if you just make it to the saddle at the halfway point there are amazing views of the Death Valley Basin and Panamint Valley Basin. Bring lots of water, food, and proper clothing if you choose to hike.
This may look like a bleak camping spot, but I absolutely loved the people that worked at Stovepipe Wells. At the gift shop across from the tenting area they had free coffee every morning and the staff was so friendly. Plus the pool attached to the hotel had showers, so I definitely utilized those!
Bring more water than you think you’ll need-- don’t underestimate the power of the desert to dehydrate.
Go to Zabriskie point for your first stunner of a view-- just a short walk from the parking area!
Stayed here Dec 27, 2014, this is an awesome campsite. If you are a stargazer there is little to no ambient light to interfere with your view. camp ground is close to Scotty's Castle, and Ubehebe Crater. If you winter camp it can be cold dropped to 26 at nite
Texas Spring is my favorite campground in Death Valley. It is located among the hills and badlands where you can feel that you are actually camping in Death Valley. Clean bathrooms and drinking water available. In the morning, you can climb up the hills right out of your tent welcome the sunrise. This is a seasonal campground so make sure it is open before you plan staying there.
Pro tip...pay the little bit of extra money to stay at the campground attached to Furnace Creek Resort (Fiddler's Campground) and you will get access to their swimming pool and recreational facilities. Fiddler's does not have individual picnic tables or fire pits or much shade so Furnace Creek is a little nicer in that respect but access to the swimming pool was priceless.
Went in September 2016. Made it up there in a 2WD Honda Element, but my poor car was feeling it after. I would go in a 4WD, if at all possible next time. Camping was simple, metal picnic tables and a little camping spot. Keep in mind, it gets extremely cold at nights since the higher elevation. Nobody was staying there but us on this visit. Woke up early and did Telescope peak as the sun rose. Quite the hike and I recommend it to anyone, as it was the highlight of my trip to DVNP.
While driving at night, missed the turn to Mahogany Flats and ended up camping at Stovepipe Wells. It was a flat campground close to a gas station, small ranger station, and a tiny little resort. Relatively nice bathrooms, water, and a beautiful sunrise. I wouldn't choose this as my first choice.
There aren't a ton of developed campgrounds in Death Valley, but this seems to be the go to one! Has recently been renovated, so the roads are all paved nicely and the campsites are very well maintained and manicured. I only have experience in the standard drive-in tent sites, however there are numerous hike-in only sites available too. In my opinion the best sites for tent camping are on the farthest loop at sites 100-110. These seem to have the most shade and vegetation. The campsites are very close together so there's not a ton of privacy, but it's never been a problem for me. The bathrooms are solid and are usually pretty clean. Also you can walk to the park visitor center or even the gas station/store from here if you need supplies.
Great site right in the park! Basic but it has everything you will ever need (expect shade). Mostly an RV site but it did have some tent camping. The camp host was very friendly. I would recommend it if you cannot find a spot somewhere else. Being in the park is better than not. This campsite was right next to the sand dunes which is a total plus to me.
I stayed here in March of 2016. This is an all-time favorite campground of mine. It's not very big and it's far into the park, so it stays quiet (also no RVs). There were just a few other campers spending the night when I was there. FANTASTIC spot for night sky viewing as there's no lights around.
We camped here out of desperation. We'd intended to camp at Wild Rose, but the spring winds were too much for us. As we drove down off the mountain, we got caught in a dust storm and thunderstorm! The campground is just a big square of gravel and offers not much in the way of natural features. We parked our van right up to the perimeter where the sites back right up to dunes. After the storm, the kids got to go explore the dunes and that was cool.
History of Death Valley National Park
Although the Twenty Mule Teams, prospectors with their burros, and lost pioneers represent the extent of human history in Death Valley to most people, it actually started long before and continues today. Native people have been here since at least the end of the last Ice Age. Towns and mining camps have come and gone. Mining companies have moved from harvesting the mineral wealth to developing the valley for tourism. Most recently, Death Valley has become a cherished National Park, visited by humans from around the globe.
The Timbisha Shoshone Indians lived here for centuries before the first white man entered the valley. They hunted and followed seasonal migrations for harvesting of pinyon pine nuts and mesquite beans with their families. To them, the land provided everything they needed and many areas were, and are, considered to be sacred places.
At the height of the California Goldrush a group of pioneers decided, against the warning of their wagon master, to take a "shortcut" across the unknown deserts of the West. This fatal misjudgement would give us one of our greatest stories of trial and heroism, and it would give us the name Death Valley.
For many people, nothing symbolizes Death Valley more than the famous Twenty Mule Teams. These "big teams" pulled massive wagons hauling borax from the Harmony Borax Works near Furnace Creek to the railhead near Mojave, a grueling 165 mile, ten day trip across primitive roads. Although the teams only ran for six years--1883 to 1889--they have made an enduring impression of the Old West.
As a brand new national monument in 1933, Death Valley was in need of roads, campgrounds, ranger stations and other facilities to serve the visiting public. The Civilian Conservation Corps came to the rescue, helping to build the park we enjoy today.