Top Dispersed Camping near Death Valley National Park

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Best Dispersed Camping Sites Near Death Valley National Park, CA (25)

    Camper-submitted photo from Alabama Hills Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Alabama Hills Recreation Area
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    1.

    Alabama Hills Recreation Area

    82 Reviews
    445 Photos
    1694 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 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
    700 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 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
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    Camper-submitted photo from Minietta Road
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    Camper-submitted photo from Vanderbilt Rd. Dispersed
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    Echo Canyon Rd

    1 Review
    32 Photos
    11 Saves
    Death Valley, California

    The NPS established nine campsites along Echo Canyon Road and six along Hole in the Wall Road. No camping is allowed along these roads, except with a permit in designated site. Permits can only be acquired in person at Furnace Creek Visitor Center (8:00 am to 5:00 pm) and Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station (intermittent hours). The free permits can be issued for stays of up to seven nights, but cannot be reserved in advance.

    Roadside camping along these routes has increased greatly over the past decade. When campsites were full, people drove off road to create new sites. By limiting camping to designated sites, the NPS hopes that campers will be able to experience the solitude and quiet of the surrounding wilderness. Limiting the number and location of campsites will also reduce human impacts on the desert.

    Permits are a way for park rangers to communicate with campers about Leave No Trace ethics, NPS regulations and other ways users can help protect the environment. Park staff compare usage information from permits with resource impacts on the ground to determine if use limitations are needed to protect the fragile desert. Permits are also valuable during search-and-rescue efforts. Backpacking and roadside camping permits are not required for any other area of the park, but they are encouraged.

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    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
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      Bonnie Clair Lakebed

      4 Reviews
      13 Photos
      28 Saves
      Beatty, Nevada
      • Pets
      • Fires
      • ADA Access
      • RVs
      • Tents
      • Standard (Tent/RV)
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      Big Dune Recreation Area

      4 Reviews
      31 Photos
      75 Saves
      Amargosa Valley, Nevada

      These relatively undiscovered sand dunes offer an ideal recreation area for ATVs. These hills are a well-kept secret and mostly used by locals, but expect to find plenty of other off-roaders on the weekends. The Big Dunes cover five square miles and tower about 500’. Big Dune is home to sensitive plants and animals.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Phone Service
      • Dispersed
      • Picnic Table
      • Alcohol
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      Camper-submitted photo from Alabama Hills Side Trail Dispersed Campsite
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      Camper-submitted photo from Alabama Hills Side Trail Dispersed Campsite
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