Best Camping near Death Valley National Park

If you’re looking for a unique and challenging adventure, Death Valley certainly makes a good case. Home to the lowest point in North America, Death Valley National Park is a sight to behold.

Camping in Death Valley is only comfortable during the coldest months of the year, as summers see average highs of over 110 degrees. With several campgrounds available, getting a spot isn’t too difficult during winter and spring. The best camping option near Death Valley National Park is Furnace Creek, though reservations are required from October to April. Beyond Furnace Creek, no campsites take reservations, with many compatible for RV camping. If you’re looking for something a bit further out, Stovepipe Wells, CA, offers a few camping options, though amenities are minimal in this unincorporated area of California.

Best Camping Sites Near Death Valley National Park, CA (64)

    Camper-submitted photo from Furnace Creek Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Furnace Creek Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Furnace Creek Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Furnace Creek Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Furnace Creek Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Furnace Creek Campground — Death Valley National Park

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    Furnace Creek Campground — Death Valley National Park

    52 Reviews
    219 Photos
    437 Saves
    Death Valley, California

    Overview

    Furnace Creek Campground is the only NPS campground in the park that is reservable. All other NPS campgrounds operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. Advance reservations are highly recommended for Furnace Creek Campground during the reservation window (October 15 - April 15).____ First-come, first-served sites (FF) at Furnace Creek Campground are rare and fill quickly on weekends, around holidays, and in days preceding and just after the reservation season.____ PLEASE NOTE: The actual availability of any first-come, first served-sites (FF) IS NOT reflected on the Recreation.gov website in real time. When arriving without reservations, we recommend tent campers pack camp chairs and a propane stove for cooking as not all campsites in other park campgrounds offer picnic tables and fire rings. Death Valley has a total of 9 National Park Service campgrounds to choose from in this beautiful land of extremes. Six are open year-round. Three others are closed during summer months. __ Please visit our official park website to assist with trip planning and to check out all of our camping options: https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/camping.htm __

    Recreation

    There are over 3.4 million acres of Death Valley to explore. The popular main attractions are accessible by paved roads and more remote areas of the park will require high clearance, 4wd. Please visit our website for helpful tips when planning your trip: www.nps.gov/deva

    Facilities

    There are over 3.4 million acres of Death Valley to explore. The popular main attractions are accessible by paved roads and more remote areas of the park will require high clearance, 4wd. Please visit our website for helpful tips when planning your trip: www.nps.gov/deva

    Natural Features

    Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley! In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans.____ Death Valley has sunk below sea level through geologic processes over time. It lies within the Mojave Desert and is the hottest, driest and lowest location in North America. Despite its extreme climate, the park boasts a diversity of ecosystems, including colorful badlands, snow-covered peaks, desolate sand dunes, rugged canyons and flat, dry basins called playas. Furnace Creek Campground is located on the valley floor. The terrain is fairly open with sparse vegetation. Some campsites do have trees that provide shade, but most are unshaded. The facility offers a wide mountan views to the east and west, which glow with hues of orange, red and yellow during sunrise and sunset.

    Nearby Attractions

    Explorers of all ages can enjoy educational programs and exhibits at the Visitor Center, just a short walk from the campground. Birders may have luck spotting local and migratory birds around the campground and along Airport Road, especially in the cooler months. Visitors can bike, walk their dog, or run along a one-mile bike path to an interpretive trail from the campground to the Harmony Borax Works, an abandoned borax refinery from the late 1800s. The campground is also within walking distance of the private resort, Furnace Creek Oasis and Ranch.

    contact_info

    Between 10/15/2020 and 04/15/2021 this location is staffed. Please call (760) 786-2441 to speak with local staff. From 04/16/2021 to 10/14/2021 this location is unstaffed. Please call (760) 786-3200 for general information.

    Charges & Cancellations

    Reservation Cancellations & Changes Cancelling a Reservation: Customers may cancel their reservation prior to arrival both on-line and through the call center. A $10 service fee will be withheld from any refund for a cancellation. Depending on when you cancel in relation to your arrival day, it may be considered a late cancellation (see below). Changing an Existing Reservation: When changes are made prior to the cut-off window: If a customer wants to switch dates that are entirely outside of the original reservation dates, there is a $10 change fee. There is no change fee if a customer extends or shortens a reservation, as long as the change includes dates from the original reservation. If they choose to depart early, they may forfeit the recreation fee for the day of departure. There is no change fee if the customer wants to switch sites that are the same price with the same reservation dates in the same facility. If a reservation is made that includes dates beyond the maximum booking window, that reservation cannot be changed until 18 days have passed from the original booking date. Late Cancellations or Cancellations within the Cut-off Window Individual Campsites: A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee. No-Shows Overnight and Day-Use Facilities: A no-show customer is one who does not arrive at a campground and does not cancel the reservation by check-out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date (or for day-use facilities, by check-in time the day of arrival). Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time on the day following the arrival date. No-shows are assessed $20.00 service fee and forfeit the first night___s recreation fee for a campsite. Early Departures If a customer departs prior to the scheduled check-out date, they may be eligible for a partial refund. Please notify staff at the facility if you depart early to allow others to use the site. Customers may notify the call center to request a refund of remaining unused nights. If a customer requests a refund for an early departure after the facility check-out time has passed, the customer will not be refunded for that night and is eligible for a refund on any additional nights that will not be used.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Stovepipe Wells Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stovepipe Wells Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stovepipe Wells Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stovepipe Wells Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stovepipe Wells Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Stovepipe Wells Campground — Death Valley National Park

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    Stovepipe Wells Campground — Death Valley National Park

    25 Reviews
    74 Photos
    283 Saves
    Death Valley, California

    Open seasonally starting October 15th at noon. First come, first served campground located at sea level. The Stovepipe Wells campground has views of Death Valley proper and of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. It is adjacent to the Stovepipe Wells general store, ranger station, and a privately operated RV park. Fee is paid at the pay station at the front of the campground.

    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Market
    Camper-submitted photo from Alabama Hills Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Alabama Hills Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Alabama Hills Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Alabama Hills Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Alabama Hills Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Alabama Hills Recreation Area

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    Alabama Hills Recreation Area

    82 Reviews
    445 Photos
    1712 Saves
    Lone Pine, California

    The Alabama Hills are a formation of rounded rocks and eroded hills set between the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the geologically complex Inyo Mountains. Both geologic features were shaped by the same uplifting occurring 100 million years ago.

    Alabama Hills camping offers touring film sites, photography, rock climbing, exploring natural arches, and viewing the swaths of wildflowers that bloom every spring. Horseback riding and mountain biking are popular activities.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Dispersed
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Texas Springs Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Texas Springs Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Texas Springs Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Texas Springs Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Texas Springs Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Texas Springs Campground — Death Valley National Park

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    Texas Springs Campground — Death Valley National Park

    28 Reviews
    122 Photos
    217 Saves
    Death Valley, California

    Open seasonally starting October 15th at noon. First come, first served campground located in the hills above Furnace Creek. Great views and some trees. No generators allowed. Each site has a firegrate and picnic table. Fee is paid at pay station at the front of the campground.

    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Market
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park

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    Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park

    16 Reviews
    91 Photos
    178 Saves
    Death Valley, California

    First come / first served campground with no additional fee high in the Panamint Mountains. Located at an elevation of 4100 ft / 1250 meters. No hook-ups available. Generators allowed 7am - 7pm. This area is prone to high winds. Sites are dirt and gravel surrounded by Mesquite bushes and rolling hills.

    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunset Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunset Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunset Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunset Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunset Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Sunset Campground — Death Valley National Park

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    Sunset Campground — Death Valley National Park

    22 Reviews
    63 Photos
    103 Saves
    Death Valley, California

    Open seasonally starting October 15th at noon. First come, first served, large campground that rarely fills. This location has little to no vegetation and is comprised of desert gravels. Car and tent camping is permitted however each site DOES NOT offer a firegrate or picnic table. Campfires are not allowed in Sunset except at a few designated public areas within the campground. Fee is paid at the pay station in the campground.

    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Market
    Camper-submitted photo from Emigrant Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Emigrant Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Emigrant Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Emigrant Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Emigrant Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Emigrant Campground — Death Valley National Park

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    Emigrant Campground — Death Valley National Park

    6 Reviews
    21 Photos
    97 Saves
    Death Valley, California

    First come / first served tent only campground with no additional fee. Located next to CA 190 at 2100' feet in elevation. Emigrant campground overlooks the Cottonwood Mountains which is a part of the Panamint Range. This is a small campground with 10 sites southwest of Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station. A building with flush toilets is 270 feet down a dirt trail just outside of the campground.

    • Tents
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Tent Cabin
    • Glamping
    • Trash
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    Panamint Springs Resort

    9 Reviews
    44 Photos
    144 Saves
    Darwin, California

    Panamint Springs Resort is a small, rustic, western-style, resort located in beautiful Panamint Valley in Death Valley National Park that provides lodging, camping and RV services, a restaurant and bar, and a gas station with a well stocked general store. Marvelous views of distant sand dunes and the soaring 11,000 foot high Panamint Mountains complete the setting for leisure dining and relaxation. The resort is located near the western entrance to Death Valley National Park on California Scenic Highway 190.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $15 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Mesquite Spring Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesquite Spring Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesquite Spring Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesquite Spring Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesquite Spring Campground — Death Valley National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Mesquite Spring Campground — Death Valley National Park

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    Mesquite Spring Campground — Death Valley National Park

    12 Reviews
    41 Photos
    138 Saves
    Beatty, Nevada

    First come / first served campground at an elevation of 1,800 feet, located 2 miles off of the Scotty___s Castle Road below Grapevine Canyon. It is a great base camp for your adventures in the northern parts of Death ValIey National Park. It is surrounded by desert mountains and geological features. Each site has a fire grate and picnic table. There are no hook-ups available. Fee is paid at the automatic pay station at the front of the campground.

    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek Campground — Alabama Hills
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek Campground — Alabama Hills
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek Campground — Alabama Hills
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek Campground — Alabama Hills
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek Campground — Alabama Hills
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek Campground — Alabama Hills

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    Tuttle Creek Campground — Alabama Hills

    36 Reviews
    110 Photos
    Alabama Hills, California

    Overview

    $10.00 per site per night. No reservations. Open all year. Tuttle Creek Campground offers 83 RV/tent sites, with ten pull-through trailer spaces, maximum recommended RV length is 30 feet. All sites include a fire pit, picnic table and a lantern holder. No hook-up. Potable water is available seasonally. Dump station fee is $10.00, no passes accepted, closed in winter. Closest amenities are 5 miles northeast in Lone Pine. Tuttle Creek Campground SignTuttle Creek Campground siteTuttle Creek Campground equestrian site One group site is available for $30.00 per night. The group camping area is approximately the size of four sites combined, with six picnic tables and four fire pits. Tent camping will accommodate up to 15 people comfortably. RV and trailer space within the group site is limited to approximately four. Adjacent sites may be rented upon arrival. Please call for group site reservations (760) 872-5000. Two horse corrals are available for $10.00 per night, including the associated site. Weed-free hay is required. Reservations accepted. Camping for a period longer than 14 days at any one campground, not to exceed 28 days per calendar year for all Bishop Field Office campgrounds, is prohibited without the written permission from the Field Office Manager. A California Campfire Permit is not required for fires within established fire rings in developed campgrounds. Seasonal fire restrictions may prohibit campfires during periods of high fire danger. Please check the BLM___s website for information on current fire restrictions or call the Bishop Field Office at (760) 872-5000. __ Off Highway Vehicle Regulations Visitors are responsible for knowing area rules and regulations. The regulations are enforceable under U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and violations are punishable with fines up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for not longer than 12 months. __ Within the campgrounds, all motor vehicles must adhere to the 10 mph speed limit. No motor vehicle shall exceed 15 mph within 50 feet of any campground, campsite, or concentration of people or animals. __ Emergency Information: In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1 Inyo County Sheriff (760) 873-7887 Mono County Sheriff (760) 932-7549 Private Lands Surrounding the BLM lands throughout the Bishop Field Office Resource Management Area is land owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power or private landowners. Please obey signs and stay on trails. Please respect the rights of private landowners and signs posted in these areas. __

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    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Toilets

    $10 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Death Valley National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, Death Valley National Park offers a wide range of camping options, with 64 campgrounds and RV parks near Death Valley National Park and 26 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Death Valley National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Death Valley National Park is Furnace Creek Campground — Death Valley National Park with a 4.4-star rating from 52 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Death Valley National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 26 free dispersed camping spots near Death Valley National Park.

What parks are near Death Valley National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 15 parks near Death Valley National Park that allow camping, notably Sequoia National Forest and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.