At 7400’ elevation, with a camping season that runs March through November, Thorndike campground is not for everyone. Accessible to high clearance vehicles only, (4-wheel drive may be necessary), Thorndike offers six sites, no fees, picnic tables, fire pits, pit toilets and all the rustic truth of roughing amidst in the desert’s surreal beauty.
Campsite area
Tent sites
6 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
No campfires
No toilet
No pets
No pets
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table


Offered near the campground.


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Horseback riding

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Off-roading (OHV)

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Snow sports

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Wildlife watching

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Hipcamper Radic
Radic K.
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April 2nd, 2019

Very cold lol

Hipcamper Bex
Bex A.
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February 11th, 2018

Empty, higher in elevation, beautiful skies at night. Sites are completely sand; I suggest placing rocks around the inside seams of your tent so it will not blow away when your stakes inevitably fail (blame the sand).

Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth K.
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September 20th, 2017

High elevation, snowy in spring

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February 10th, 2017
Death Valley National Park
United States
Phone Number
(760) 786-3200
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36.237° N, 117.072° W
Tent Only: 6 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)