Places to Camp 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 (52)

    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
    434 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.

    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.

    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.

    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 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
    1692 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
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    Panamint Springs Resort

    9 Reviews
    44 Photos
    143 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 Tuttle Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Tuttle Creek Campground

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    Tuttle Creek Campground

    36 Reviews
    117 Photos
    584 Saves
    Alabama Hills, California

    Open year round. $10/night, no reservations available for individual sites. 83 sites/tent and pull through trailer spaces. Campground is shadowed by some of the most impressive peaks in the Sierra Nevada Range: Mt. Whitney, Lone Pine Peak and Mt. Williamson rise to the west of the campground. To the east is the Alabama Hills with its famous movie history. Beyond the Alabama Hills is the Owens Valley and Inyo Mountains Range. Camping is good throughout the season with plenty of opportunities for exploring, hiking, sightseeing. Closest amenities (groceries, gas) are in Lone Pine (4.5 miles). Elevation - 5,120 ft. Amenities include vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings and lantern holders. Water is available March-October. Dump station cost is $5.00, no passes accepted, closed in winter. One Group site for $30.00/night, reservations required, please see phone number above. Two horse corrals $10.00/night, call ahead to confirm availability.

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

    $10 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Death Valley: Dispersed Camping East Side of Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Death Valley: Dispersed Camping East Side of Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Death Valley: Dispersed Camping East Side of Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Death Valley: Dispersed Camping East Side of Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Death Valley: Dispersed Camping East Side of Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Death Valley: Dispersed Camping East Side of Park

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    Death Valley: Dispersed Camping East Side of Park

    23 Reviews
    89 Photos
    699 Saves
    Death Valley, California

    Death Valley: Dispersed Camping on the East Side of the Park is a no-frills spot perfect for those who appreciate simplicity and wide-open spaces. This area is just a few miles before the entrance to Death Valley, making it a convenient stopover for anyone heading into the park.

    The place is known for its concrete pads, which provide level parking for RVs and campers. There are no amenities like water, toilets, or trash services, so you'll need to come prepared and pack out everything you bring in. The lack of light pollution makes it an excellent spot for stargazing, with epic views of the Milky Way on clear nights.

    Visitors have noted that the area is generally quiet and peaceful, although you might have some neighbors. The proximity to the highway means you might hear a bit of traffic, but it's minimal. The pads are spread out enough to give you some space, but don't expect much privacy.

    If you're tent camping, be cautious of the rocky ground—some campers have mentioned that the tiny, sharp rocks can be tough on tents. Despite the lack of amenities, the location's convenience and the unbeatable price of free make it a popular choice.

    Whether you're looking for a quick overnight stop or a base camp for exploring Death Valley, this spot offers a straightforward, no-cost option with plenty of room to spread out. Just remember to bring everything you need and leave no trace.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from The Oasis at Death Valley Fiddlers' Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from The Oasis at Death Valley Fiddlers' Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from The Oasis at Death Valley Fiddlers' Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from The Oasis at Death Valley Fiddlers' Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from The Oasis at Death Valley Fiddlers' Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from The Oasis at Death Valley Fiddlers' Campground

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    The Oasis at Death Valley Fiddlers' Campground

    7 Reviews
    28 Photos
    46 Saves
    Death Valley, California

    Adjacent to The Ranch at Death Valley and the Death Valley Visitor Center is the Fiddlers’ Campground, available for only $24 per night. With your nightly rental, guests enjoy the Ranch’s natural spring-fed swimming pool, shower facility, coin operated laundry and sports courts including a Tennis Court, Shuffleboard, Volleyball, Bocce Ball and Basketball Court. The Campground is located close to the Ranch’s restaurants, as well as the General Store for camping supplies, groceries and mementos to remember your journey. Furnace Creek Golf Course is directly adjacent to the Campground for those who want to golf the lowest elevation course in the world. (These sites do not have water, sewer or electrical hookups and are back-in only)

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $24 / night

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

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    Stovepipe Wells Village RV Park — Death Valley National Park

    2 Reviews
    11 Photos
    15 Saves
    Death Valley National Park, California

    Roughing it never felt so good when your adventure begins at Stovepipe Wells Village. Whether you’re looking for a place to hookup your RV or a spot to pitch a tent or throw down a bedroll, you’ll find it here.

    Stovepipe Wells Village offers 14 full-hookup RV sites for $40 per night, adjacent to the General Store. Spots fill up quickly so use our online reservations system to search for available dates. The RV fee includes access to the swimming pool and Wi-Fi access in the hotel lobby. Of course, everyone is welcome to join us for great food and beverage options at the Toll Road Restaurant and Badwater Saloon. Please check in at the Front Desk upon arrival.

    If you’re looking for an ideal camping experience, the National Park Service operates a rustic campground at Stovepipe Wells Village. The 190 sites are available on a first-come-first-serve basis from October through April for $14 a night. No hookups are available. Shower passes are available to campers for a nominal fee. With this pass you will have access to the swimming pool as well. Please inquire at the Front Desk area for more information.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pinto Peak View Camp

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    Pinto Peak View Camp

    1 Review
    2 Photos
    20 Saves
    Darwin, California

    Interested in backcountry (dispersed) camping? It is a great opportunity to explore the park's rugged Wilderness. Check out the information on this page (https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/backcamp.htm) to learn where camping is allowed, what regulations apply, and how to obtain a free permit.

    Backcountry/Wilderness Permits Free voluntary permits for backcountry camping may be obtained online, or in person at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center or Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station during business hours. Solo hikers may want to provide additional information about plans and emergency contacts.

    Where is backcountry roadside camping allowed? Along dirt roads at least one mile away from any paved road or "day use only" dirt road. Camp only in previously disturbed areas and park your vehicle immediately adjacent to the roadway to minimize impact. The wilderness boundary is 50 feet from the center of most dirt roads. Download the Backcountry & Wilderness Access Map to take with you.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Boulder Creek RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Boulder Creek RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Boulder Creek RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Boulder Creek RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Boulder Creek RV Resort
    Camper-submitted photo from Boulder Creek RV Resort

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    Boulder Creek RV Resort

    13 Reviews
    25 Photos
    112 Saves
    Alabama Hills, California

    Welcome to Boulder Creek RV Resort, nestled near Lone Pine, CA. This spot is a gem for anyone looking to enjoy the great outdoors with a touch of comfort. Whether you're in a tent, RV, or cabin, this place has got you covered.

    First off, the amenities here are top-notch. You’ve got full hookups for RVs, clean showers, and even a laundry room. If you’re traveling with pets, you’ll be happy to know they’re welcome too. One of the standout features is the complimentary muffins and coffee served every morning. It’s a small touch, but it makes a big difference when you’re waking up to those stunning mountain views.

    Speaking of views, the scenery here is something else. You can catch a glimpse of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the sunrises are absolutely breathtaking. The campground is also close to Owens Lake, which adds to the picturesque setting.

    For those who like to stay active, there’s a swimming pool, hot tub, playground, and even a basketball hoop. If you’re into hiking, you’re in luck. The area offers some fantastic trails. And if you’re a history buff, the Manzanar Internment Camp is a short drive away.

    The staff here are friendly and accommodating. Marcos at the front desk gets a lot of praise for his helpfulness. The campground is also known for being clean and well-maintained, which is always a plus.

    So, if you’re passing through on your way to Yosemite or just looking for a great place to camp, Boulder Creek RV Resort is worth a stop. Enjoy your stay!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $38 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Space Station RV Park & Market
    Camper-submitted photo from Space Station RV Park & Market
    Camper-submitted photo from Space Station RV Park & Market
    Camper-submitted photo from Space Station RV Park & Market
    Camper-submitted photo from Space Station RV Park & Market
    Camper-submitted photo from Space Station RV Park & Market

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    Space Station RV Park & Market

    8 Reviews
    32 Photos
    98 Saves
    Beatty, Nevada
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $15 - $25 / 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 52 campgrounds and RV parks near Death Valley National Park and 25 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 25 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.