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Death Valley Stargazing Camp

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· California
80 acres
4 sites
4 RV/Tent
Located just west of Death Valley in vast, pristine, untouched Panamint Valley, the Death Valley Stargazing Camp features wide open desert and mountain views, the peaceful benefits of a place less traveled, and thousands of stars that dance across the dark skies.  The property is not hosted, but support can be found by text message. With countless day trips within reach, and amazing stargazing at night, the Death Valley Stargazing Camp is a place where you can truly get away. HOSTED STARCAMP WITH HUGE TELESCOPE -- MARCH 18TH - APRIL 24TH. During these dates, beginning about one hour after sunset, the host will show you the nighttime sky through a 12" telescope. You’ll also be able to check out our Alien Mailbox, a crashed UFO, and a scale of our Solar System stretched across the property at your leisure. Pitch your tent or pull up your RV or camper van 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 -- and lies 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! The property features 4 campsites with privacy amongst the 80 acres. All sites have several hundred feet in between them, and include a picnic bench, fire ring, and shared porta-potties across from the Green Alien Mailbox (800 - 1200 feet away depending on your campsite -- or as we call them, Starsites). And did we mention the views?? Whether you're visiting Death Valley, or just passing through the desert -- these campsites are serene, scenic, and include a stargazing wonderland! Site #1: Recessed from the road, this is the biggest site and has ample room for any type of vehicle, as well as lots of vehicles. Vehicles can pull through. Site #2: Closer to the road and also fairly big. Some vehicles can pull through but some will have to back out. Large trailers could be a problem. Site #3: Along side the road and the smallest of the three sites (although all sites are surrounded by nothing). All vehicles will have to back out of this site. Large trailers could be a problem. SIte #4: Across from the mailbox on the west side of the road. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR LARGE TRAILERS OR ANY HEAVY VEHICLES WHICH COULD GET STUCK IN THE SAND! Cars should proceed with caution and stay on the road as there are areas of loose sand near this site. Walk to it first to check conditions if you are unsure. Come join us in the middle of nowhere with dark skies and easy access to Death Valley, the Trona Pinnacles, Darwin Falls, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and countless canyons with mining ruins and adventures!
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Hosted by Scott L.Joined in April 2019
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Sreyleak S.recommends
January 24, 2023
Site 2 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Site 2 was far enough from other areas which made it very private. The host’s description was clear and the place was easy to find. It’s very peaceful and will allow you to disconnect from the rest of the world. And Stargazing was just amazing!
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Italia C.recommends
January 11, 2023
Site 4 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Solitude!!
I loved this place! Very isolated. I was the only camper in the area. There were many trailer campers 4 miles down at Ballarat Ghost town. I loved waking up to the honks of wild burros. My pup really enjoyed the place too.
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James T.recommends
December 22, 2022
Site 4 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Great site for great sites!
Nothing but live for this trip, instructions were precise and clear, actual camp site was in the middle of a beautiful valley. Star gazing was superb, I could gush forever. Only downside was the road leading in, off the grid very bumpy and you need to go slow to keep the dust down so takes awhile to get to the campsite but other than that, would definitely recommend to a friend or family member.
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Ben B.recommends
November 29, 2022
Site 1 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Great camp site. Amazing, breathtaking views. The stars are unimaginable. Definitely recommend!
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Marco P.recommends
August 16, 2022
Site 3 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Amazing place!! Its just desert with a few picnic tables and toilets but otherwise there is NOTHING and i had the best time. I was the only one there during a full moon and it was absolutely magical!
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Elizabeth K.recommends
May 12, 2022
Site 4 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Magical
Magical Magical Magical We arrived around 6:30 pm and the light was incredible. The sunset glow - stunning. The stars and the Milky Way at 4 am, after the moon set were brilliant. Some tips Get water and wood in Panamint Springs which is just a bit out of the way. The store has everything and the staff are sooo friendly. The road to the site is long so don’t be discouraged. The alien is gone so look for the green mailbox We couldn’t find site 4 but stayed in #1 and it was perfect. This is a remote site so there is just silence and an occasional burro. The sense of peacefulness is astounding. I was nervous for a moment about being so alone but the experience far outways the moment of discomfort. Do not miss this opportunity of a lifetime. There isn’t a five star hotel in the world that can give you this piece of joy.
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Kathy H.
April 30, 2022
Site 1 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
The place is definitely named Death Valley for a reason. Close to the town of Bishop and surrounded by mountains. The reason I wouldn’t recommend would be because there are so much BLM land that you could stay without having to pay for it. The roads are all unmarked so speeding is like normal for some people. I almost got ran over on the main road by a passing vehicle going about 50mph. The bugs comes out as soon as the sunset, not your normal bugs either, a sworm of flying fleas that made it spending time to look at the moon impossible. Our poor dogs were covered by these and we had to pick them off and spray them down. The bathrooms were full and they are about half a mile away which made it hard to get to at night. Would I do this again? Anywhere but there., but it was an experience.
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Yun K.recommends
April 21, 2022
Site 1 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Mark was super nice giving us a stargazing tour with his telescope. Fantastic experience.
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Jennifer M.recommends
April 19, 2022
Site 1 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
An experience to remember
No cell service, so download the map ahead of time. Good directions with GPS coordinates sent by the host. Prepare for a long, bumpy gravel road to the site, but well worth it! Sites are nicely separated. We stayed two nights, first in site 1, second in site 3. Site 1 is furthest from the road, sites 2 & 3 are closer to the road, site 3 is the furthest from the porta-potty . All have nice stone fire pits and a picnic table. We have never experienced a place so quiet. The scenery is vast and beautiful and we enjoyed watching the wild Burro wander by. A wonderful chance to unplug, and an experience to remember.
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Anne O.recommends
April 18, 2022
Site 2 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Just a fantastic experience
It was AMAZING! The star gazing guide was so kind and knew the answer of all of our questions! Make sure to visit Ballarat Ghost town while you are near anyway. It’s only 3 miles away and also a fantastic visit
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Kelvin L.recommends
April 16, 2022
Site 2 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
The tents were awesome! The location was easy to get to using some basic road skills. Just make sure you arrive before sun sets. Beautiful, clean camp site. A wonderful experience with my 2 young kids.
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Guillermo L.recommends
April 12, 2022
Site 1 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Great place away from civilization.
Great place away from all civilization. Most people stayed at the "Glamping pods" and that's where everything happened at night. I was at site #1. Huge but a little far from others, which can be a good thing if you want to be left alone. The Stargazing was amazing.
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Lise A.recommends
April 2, 2022
Site 2 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Good Basecamp for Death Valley NP
The location is good for exploring Death Valley NP and the surrounding area. It was a quite place with ample spacing between sites. The fighter jets fly byes were awesome. The port-a-potty was in need of service and was not clean.
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Marita M.
March 29, 2022
Site 2 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
No Binoculars Provided
Camp great but did not get the promised Binoculars
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Scott M.recommends
March 28, 2022
Site 3 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Beautiful vistas! Loved the silence
Enjoyed our motorhome at site #3 - it was nice and level. Great fire ring !! Since it was a stargazing event- We would have enjoyed a little more star /universe education . perhaps during the day or early evening. Some astronomy talks! it was a little windy and cloudy but our host worked to enable us to see nebula and stars through the telescope ! from site #3 it was a long walk to the telescope at night. beautiful vistas and lots of military airplanes/fly by's;) We would come again!
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Christine I.recommends
March 25, 2022
Site 3 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Great site. Perfect place to stop on the way to Death Valley
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Tyson B.recommends
March 21, 2022
Site 3 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Moonlit escape away from it all
Had a lovely evening in Death Valley on Scott's land. The directions were clear and accurate and I was able to find the site and my camping area easily. I heeded the instruction to download the directions to my cell phone which came in handy as service was non-existent in the area. I was lucky enough to have my stay coincide with the beginning of Spring, so the weather was easy to manage, and the full moon and it was a magical addition to the trip. Bathrooms were clean and easy to access. Would suggest to others and could see myself staying another time.
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Craig S.recommends
March 15, 2022
Site 2 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Amazing!
Amazing! I wanted solitude and quiet to reflect on my thoughts. This is the place to do it! It’s desolate, beautiful and a great place to collect your thoughts. The stars are absolutely amazing.
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Mike Z.
March 14, 2022
Site 2 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
The site was nicely set up with a table and a fire pit. The area is very secluded which was nice. The only issue we had, "as many others have stated" was the wind. Other than that a great place to camp. I would recommend a wind break, a couple posts and some boards would work great just to help alleviate the strong winds.
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Samantha M.
March 5, 2022
Site 4 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Nice Camp Spot! Terrible Road…
We stayed at site #4 and we loved it! Unfortunately the sites are difficult to find in the evening and signs right on the road pointing to them would definitely be helpful. My biggest complaint is the road is in desperate need of grading. Current road is washborded with rough potholes. It is about 7 miles long and took a painful 35 minutes each way. I would not recommend camping out here is you have a sedan. :(
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Julia T.recommends
February 28, 2022
Site 4 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Beautiful land! Amazing valley and beautiful stars. Just an fyi... once you get onto the dirt road... keep going. My friends and i felt we went further than we should but didn't go far enough 😂
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Susannah T.recommends
February 28, 2022
Site 1 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
We had such a great experience camping here! It’s very remote so we were glad we got there before dark because it was easier to find and setup during daylight. The porta potties are far from campsite #1. Not a huge deal but just good to keep in mind if you want to stay at one of the closer sites. All the sites were super far apart, which was nice! Stars are absolutely incredible and we saw lots of wild burros. Overall an amazing trip!
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Brian S.recommends
February 21, 2022
Site 2 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Amazing Place
10 miles down a dirt road off the main road, completely quiet, fire pit, ghost town 4 miles out. This place is amazing. I would've loved to stay a week if I could.
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Sierra D.recommends
February 11, 2022
Site 4 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Extrodinarily Peaceful
We loved this Stargazing camp. It is private, secluded, and truly peaceful! We went during the new moon and the sky views were magnificent. Will definitely be coming back here next time we are in Death Valley. The feral donkeys were also a fun surprise and was interesting reading up on the history of them once we had cell reception. Highly recommend if you are looking for a private space surrounded by desert nature, with complete silence.
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Adrienne H.recommends
January 9, 2022
Site 3 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Jan DVNP trip
I recently went on a trip to Death Valley and chose this campsite because of its remoteness. While our plans took us in a different direction and we couldn’t stay here for the night we booked, the process and communication from the host was great! Response time was usually a day or so which worked well since we planned the trip early. Specific directions were given that were helpful given the remoteness of the location. If you are looking for a remote place to lay your head outside of Death Valley this is it.
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Vishwa Prakash A.doesn't recommend
December 28, 2021
Site 4 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Private and nice view
We had booked site for one day and our campsite number was 4 as per the booking receipt but there were only 3 campsites at the place site 4 was not there. There were 3 toilets out of which one was broken. So we couldn't able to stay there.
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Adrian N.recommends
December 1, 2021
Site 2 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
What an awesome location! Directions were spot on as well. Even when we showed up after sunset. We still made it to the campgrounds safely. Bathrooms were clean. This is my 2nd time at this location. I'll be back again for sure.
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David R.recommends
November 26, 2021
Site 2 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Beautiful remote campsite! It was an amazing location with views of huge mountains behind you, open desert in front of you, and incredibly dark skies at night. Portos were clean, though one of three had blown over — looks like the ropes holding it down had snapped! Our first night there had extreme winds, I have a very sturdy canvas tent but smaller tents without decent stakes might not have survived. Do note that there’s approx 8 miles of dirt/gravel road to get there, most of which is decent, but right before the campsite is a stretch of soft sand followed by slightly more rough rocks. In addition it’s surrounded by BLM land which I believe is free to camp on, but you lose out on portos and nicely maintained campsites with table and fire pits. We also saw a few wild donkeys on our way in!
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Eric C.recommends
November 1, 2021
Site 1 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
What a beautiful place. The best star gazing I have ever been apart of bring a telescope you will see the moon planets and stars like you never ha e before! Wild donkeys all around, they even hung around and had breakfast with us! Great place! Desolate private and rocky!!!!
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Keith H.recommends
October 25, 2021
Site 1 - Death Valley Stargazing Camp
Qiet redefined
Waaaaaay remote and you need good map skills for sure. Quiet like nothing you've ever experienced. This will be what we remember most. Moon rise, stars galore, small fox; burro's and Ballarat is a interesting stop on way out.
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