Nine campgrounds are open to visitors within the boundaries of Death Valley National Park. Texas Spring Campground near Furnace Creek is centrally located and one of the nicer campgrounds in Death Valley, with bushes and short trees providing shade. Some of the other campgrounds are not California’s most impressive, offering little more than open gravel landscapes for setting up tents. Still, Death Valley camping is a rewarding experience.
Campgrounds in Death Valley National Park vary in size and amenities. The list below offers more information about each campground and the map at the bottom of this page displays their locations. Because of the extreme temperatures in Death Valley, many of the campground close during the summer months, leaving visitors to pick from the higher elevation campgrounds. For other lodging options, visit tripadvisor.com.
Furnace Creek Campground is the only campground in the park to take reservations, which it does from mid October to mid April. Outside that period, the sites at Furnace Creek Campground are first-come first-served just like the other campgrounds in the park. Reservations for Furnace Creek Campground can be made by visiting recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance.
The busy camping season in Death Valley National Park is from November through March and during fall and spring holidays. According to the National Park Service:
It is very rare for all campgrounds to fill in Death Valley. Sure, all of the “good sites” may be taken during busy times, but spaces are typically available at Sunset Campground (no tables, hookups, or firepits) even during the busiest of times.
Camping with an RV? Furnace Creek Campground has 18 sites with full hookups. These sites are almost always reserved in advance. Privately held camps within Death Valley offer additional RV hookup sites, so visit Stovepipe Wells RV Park, Furnace Creek Ranch, and Panamint Springs Resort if you need an RV site and can’t make a reservation at Furnace Creek Campground.
Campgrounds in Death Valley National Park
Wildrose Campground | 23 sites | open year round | no fee | first-come first-served | potable water, picnic tables, fire pits, and pit toilets | elevation 4100 feet
Thorndike Campground | 6 sites | open March – November | no fee | first-come first-served | picnic tables, fire pits, and pit toilets | elevation 7400 feet
Mahogany Flats Campground | 10 sites | open March – November | no fee | first-come first-served | picnic tables, fire pits, and pit toilets | elevation 8200 feet
Sunset Campground | 270 sites | open mid October – mid April | $14 per night | first-come first-served | potable water, flush toilets, and a dump station | elevation 196 feet below sea level
Texas Spring Campground | 92 sites | open mid October – mid April | $16 per night | first-come first-served | potable water, picnic tables, fire pits, flush toilets, and a dump station | elevation sea level
Stovepipe Wells Campground | 190 sites | open mid September – mid May | $14 per night | first-come first-served | potable water, some picnic tables, some fire pits, flush toilets, and a dump station | elevation sea level
Emigrant Campground | 10 tent only sites | open year round | no fee | first-come first-served | potable water, picnic tables, and flush toilets | elevation 2100 feet
Mesquite Springs Campground | 30 sites | open year round | $14 per night | first-come first-served | potable water, picnic tables, fire pits, flush toilets, and a dump station | elevation 1800 feet
Furnace Creek Campground | 136 sites | open year round | Reservations accepted October 15 – April 15 | $22-36 per night | potable water, picnic tables, fire pits, flush toilets, RV hookups, and a dump station | elevation 196 feet below sea level
For additional up-to-date information, visit the Death Valley National Park Camping Page.
Use the map below to view the campgrounds and get directions:
Hikes in Death Valley National Park
You can get a great view of Ubehebe Crater from an overlook near the parking lot, and there are also three trails to choose from.
|0 - 2 miles|
0 - 275 feet
This out and back hike starts up a smooth marble slot canyon and exposes visitors to unique Death Valley geology.
|1 - 4 miles|
100 - 750 feet
|130||Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes|
This hike explores the most visible sand dunes in Death Valley
|1 - 3 miles|
This out and back hike requires a bit of climbing and is a lesser-visited trail in Death Valley.
|2 - 4 miles|
This easy out and back hike crosses a short boardwalk bordering a rare desert stream.
This short walk around the Harmony Borax plant offers a window into the mining past of Death Valley.
|170||Golden Canyon - Gower Gulch Loop|
This loop visits some of the most stunning terrain in Death Valley.
This loop offers a great immersion into the terrain beneath Zabriskie Point.
Zabriskie Point offers a stunning panorama of the badlands near Furnace Creek.
|200||Twenty Mule Team Canyon|
This 2.8-mile one way road lets visitors experience a fine canyon right from the driver’s seat.
This 9-mile drive crosses a sloping mountainside composed of vibrant soil colored by rich metals.
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This out and back hike visits a refreshing year-round waterfall on the western edge of Death Valley.
This out and back hike summits a 9,064-foot peak in the Panamint Mountain Range on the west side of Death Valley.
These conical constructions converted lumber to charcoal for area miners from 1879 to 1882.
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|250||Natural Bridge Canyon|
This is a great out and back hike for those interested in learning about the geological history of Death Valley.
This is the lowest place in North America -- a required stop for first time visitors to Death Valley.
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This towering overlook above Badwater Basin offers panoramic views of Death Valley.
|0 - 1 miles|
0 - 200 feet
This out and back hike visits narrow slot canyons full of pour-overs, carve outs, and dark passages that beg to be explored.
|4 - 7 miles|
500 - 750 feet
These ruins, where gold was once processed for the Ashford Mine, provide an example of how tough life can be in this harsh desert.
|Mojave National Preserve|
There are a few campgrounds and endless roadside camping within the preserve.
|Joshua Tree National Park|
Nine campgrounds with 500 total sites are spread throughout the park to facilitate your visit.
|Anza-Borrego Desert State Park|
The biggest state park in California has four developed campgrounds, eight primitive campgrounds, and as much roadside camping as you could ever want.