Hipcamp host Scott L.
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Pitch your tent or pull up your RV on Death Valley's front porch just outside of Surprise Canyon in Panamint Valley. Near the ghost town of Ballarat, Death Valley Stargazing Camp is one of only four private parcels in all of Panamint Valley -- just west of the Death Valley National Park boundary. This pristine valley is untouched, and offers panoramic views of amazing sunset

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Pitch your tent or pull up your RV on Death Valley's front porch just outside of Surprise Canyon in Panamint Valley. Near the ghost town of Ballarat, Death Valley Stargazing Camp is one of only four private parcels in all of Panamint Valley -- just west of the Death Valley National Park boundary. This pristine valley is untouched, and offers panoramic views of amazing sunsets, sunrises, and of course dark, dark skies! Site includes two flat camping spaces, a picnic bench, fire ring, and porta-potty. And did we mention the views?? Whether you're visiting Death Valley, or just passing through the desert -- this campsite is a scenic stargazing wonderland!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 12 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Have a question? Send Scott a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
OHV
Climbing
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Death Valley Stargazing Camp in California.

Desert
Mountainous

The vibe at Death Valley Stargazing Camp

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Hipcamper Juliet

Alien slumber party

Juliet F.
recommends this listing.
September 21st, 2019

This site was amazing! We got there super late, but the cool little alien mailbox made it easy to find the site which is super private and secluded. We made a big bonfire, and then we were pleasantly surprised after it went out, the moon and stars were so bright we could see fine without any other lights. We had a great stargazing experience. It was so quiet, we could occasionally hear donkeys in the distance, which was funny. It also wasn’t very buggy and the climate was lovely. In the morning, we enjoyed the mountain views over breakfast at the picnic bench, before doing a mini alien themed photo-shoot and heading out. The portable toilet was a bit of a walk from the actual camping location, but that was actually nice because it didn’t kill the vibe. It was also quite clean! I’d definitely recommend this site to anyone who is really looking to unplug and camp among nature in Death Valley. We loved it!

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Hipcamper Allie

Peaceful - the most amazing stars!

Allie B.
recommends this listing.
May 20th, 2019

This had to be the most peaceful place I've ever camped! It was truly magical. And the host was great - he texted me good directions (which make sure you have saved because you will lose service along the way) and he made sure I got there okay. He also let me know that the stars would be incredible at 2am so I set an alarm. It was incredible! Would love to go back again one day.

Hipcamper Johan

Private and beautiful

Johan K.
recommends this listing.
June 3rd, 2019

Beautiful and isolated spot, with a nice 365 view. Had a really nice stay.

Hipcamper Kelley
Kelley R.
recommends this listing.
June 19th, 2019

Beautiful spot right outside Death Valley National Park. Stopped here for a night on my way to Las Vegas & I am so glad I did! Super secluded with stars as far as the eye can see! I'll definitely be back :)

Hipcamper Cierra
Cierra F.
recommends this listing.
July 23rd, 2019

Great spot! Super private and quiet. It was overcast while I was there, but the couple glimpses I got of the night sky were beautiful!

Hipcamper Rob
Rob B.
recommends this listing.
August 5th, 2019

Was an excellent night, of note the toilet is on the opposite side of the road to the campsite. We arrived late (after dark) and couldn't initially find it. Amazing stars!

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Hipcamper Adam

An unforgettable stargazing experie

Adam B.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2019

We arrived at night and were greeted with a blanet of stars and the milkyway. We watched dozens of shooting stars. This area is compleyely remote; there is no light pollution to hinder the view. We woke up to the bellows of a donkey in the distance, which we continue to laugh about. We watched the sunrise over the surrounding mountians as we ate breakfast. It was a beautiful way to begin our vacation. We would recommend.

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Hipcamper Carla

Secluded camping experience!

Carla M.
recommends this listing.
August 31st, 2019

This was a super secluded campsite, made it for an amazing g stargazing experience. We got lucky and got to see donkeys at daytime and nighttime. It was so fun to hear them I. The background. Porter potties are not close to the campsite but I have no problem with that 😊

Hipcamper Anaïs

It's a shame to charge that!

Anaïs L.
doesn't recommend this listing.
September 13th, 2019

Arrived on site, no signage camp if there really is one ... It is just a flat area, full of pebbles, there is just an unhealthy toilet 300m from the camp and nothing else . No protection, very dangerous because we saw a puma and no trace of human life. It's absolutely not worth the price, we had to find a real camp. It's a shame to charge that!

Hipcamper Scott
Response from Scott, the Host, on September 16th, 2019

Hi Anais, I'm sorry you had a bad experience! We wish you would've texted us so we would've known of these conditions. Was there a picnic table or fire ring? The sign and mailbox in the listing weren't present?? If all that is true then we sure wish you would've texted us about it as that sounds like some pretty serious vandalism must have occurred? Also, there are no pumas in Panamint Valley, and we'd advise you that there is definitely wildlife present anytime you choose a remote campsite. Sorry you had a bad experience - We'll try to refund your money if we still can. Please let us know if all of those items are really gone!

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Property
Eastern Sierra Observatory
State
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$23/night
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