Open: mid October to April Elevation: 218 feet below sea level Fee: $12 Sites: 270 Water: Yes Tables: No Toilets: Flush Hookups: No Dump Station: Yes
Came here for four days without reservations for Furnace Creek. This campground is a no frills flat parking lot with bathrooms and dish washing stations, trash dumpsters, and a decent dump and water filling station. If you are self contained or even in a tent, it is doable. However, no trees, lots of neighbors with generators. I give it three stars for: with the Senior Access Pass, $7. The dump station/water filling was clean and easy, and the location cannot be beat (except by the Furnace Creek CG which I would always prefer to stay in, if we make reservations way in advance). Texas Springs up the road is a good more traditional camping facility, no reservations, but smaller rigs and tents are the norm there. You could fit our 35 foot fifth wheel up there in some of the sites if you are lucky. Cell service, as in most National Parks is iffy at best, for a fee you can get Wifi across the road at the Ranch/Oasis. There is golfing and restaurants and a small grocery store. Location of this campground is right across from the Furnace Creek Visitors Center. Easy walking, biking and hanging out.
As the others said, this is a really simple campground that almost looks like a large parking lot. That said, being right next to Furnace Creek you can take advantage of the store to buy some snacks. Another great thing is that it is really close to Zabriskie's Point, so you can hop over there for Sunrise very easily. In general it was exactly what my sister and I were looking for.
We had only reserved two days at Furnace Creek and wanted to stay in the area another day. Since Furnace Creek was full (and it was too late for no-show campsites) we decided to stay at Sunset, which is right across the road.
There is no shade, just sand and pavement. The winds kicked up a sandstorm and with no cover it was intense.
We were there in March, so it could have been a lot worse. Strongly do not recommend this campsite, especially if you go when it is warmer.
This is a paved parking lot in the middle of death valley. There are no trees, views or firepits. This is exclusively for RV'ers that want to drive up on flat pavement and want to stay inside the vehicle.