The reviews are correct- this place is a parking lot. Spots are right next to each other and outlined like an actual parking lot. Room for a car and maybe two tents. Or one tent and a table. However, nice bathrooms. Water. Communal fire pits. Not a single bush or tree among the spots. Walkable to the Ranch and the Visitors center across the street. Texas is a nicer campground with some greenery and easy access to hills to wander around in. Those spots are still very close together. But in spite of all of this I wasn’t unhappy at Sunset. We were only in camp for breakfast and then again at evening. The point was so see the park- not chill at the campground. If you were going to spend more of the day at the campground Texas looks better. But so comforting to arrive without a reservation and know that Sunset is waiting for you.
Only thing saving this place from being 1 start were the nice bathrooms and wash stations.
I appreciate it being a first come but it's one of the most minimalist campgrounds I've ever stayed at. No fire rings, no picnic tables and nothing in between your neighbors.
Our four-day visit to Death Valley National Park happened to line up with their rare Superbloom, so we had to beat the crowds to get a campsite. Unfortunately, this landed us in Sunset Campground, one of the NPS’s worst campgrounds, in one of the most beautiful parks.
Sunset Campground -- much more of a parking lot than a campground -- is everything we don’t want in a campground: sites are cramped, scenery is nonexistent, and there was nothing to stop the insane wind from destroying our tent that had lasted us every day of our six-month trip thus far.
We don’t blame Death Valley - we loved this park! Home to the lowest, driest, hottest place in the country, Death Valley is surprisingly full of life and gorgeous scenery. We loved hiking, chasing the wildflowers, watching the sunsets each night, following the scenic drives, and lounging on the porch of the fancy Furnace Creek Inn.
For two nights, we suffered through Sunset Campground, but for our third and fourth night, we purchased a backcountry permit, which allowed us to park and camp along the park’s dirt roads, at least one mile from any paved roads. These were the nights we’ll remember fondly throughout our time in Death Valley. Take our advice and skip right over Sunset Campground.
You can read much more about our four days in the park on our blog: Switchback Kids (Death Valley)
Camped here for a few days and it's such a unique place. Very hot during the summer, can get very windy at night and cold. Come prepared with lots of water and 3 season clothing/sun block and lip balm. The wind will scorch!
Hot hot hot. There's a reason you don't go in the off season… Ridiculously hot! But sites, bathrooms & sinks are super clean…sterile clean. Downside; sites are close & there really isn't any privacy, but then again you're in the desert, not some coniferous forest