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
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 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, and countless canyons with mining ruins and adventures!
- 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
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Death Valley Stargazing Camp in California.
Camp is in the desert surrounded by mountains.
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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.
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!
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!!!!
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.
Information provided was totally in
We were not able to get to the site. You had to read way down in the confirmation email to find very rough directions to get to the site. When we thought we found the final road, it was 6 miles of road impossible to drive on, AND HIP CAMP MADE NO MENTION OF THIS FACT. WE ALSO FOUND ON THE MAP THAT THE ROAD WAS BLOCKED, AND DIDN'T WANT TO DRIVE 6 MILES ON IMPASSABLE ROAD TO HAVE TO TURN BACK. HIP CAMP ALSO IGNORED TEXTA FOR HELP UNTIL THE NEXT MORNING AFTER WE WERE SUPPOSED TO STAY THERE. THEY HAVE A 60 DAY CANCELLATION, AND SINCE I MADE THE RESERVATION THE NIGHT BEFORE, I GUESS THEY WON'T REFUND MY approximately $48. Not sur I'll ever use Hip Camp again.
Perfect getaway for wandering souls
Great camping spot! Perfect for a quiet getaway with no souls around. The views are epic. A bit of wildlife around but all friendly. Beware of the sly foxes... They almost figured out how to open the car doors lol. Campsites are clean and there are portos on site (surprisingly in good condition).
Great, except the porta potties
Amazing views, nice and quiet. Exactly what I would look for in the desert. I would go back.
Porta potties are gross though, make sure you use a restroom beforehand.