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Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park

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National Park Service

Death Valley National Park

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.

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Location

Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park is located in California

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Directions

Located high in the Panamint Mountains on Emigrant Canyon Road. From CA190 take Emigrant Canyon Road. Be sure to check road conditions prior to your trip.

Address

Wildrose Campground
Death valley, CA 92328

Coordinates

36.26584 N
117.188544 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
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  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump

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16 Reviews

Carla H.
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2022

Great spot - not to hot -

We stayed here for a night. We had nearly the whole camping ground for our self! Really lovely spot. A lot of donkeys are on the road to be aware! Between the mountains. Fire pit. No flushing toilets. Quite windy in the night time - loved it

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Carla H., July 10, 2022
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Carla H., July 10, 2022
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R
Reviewed May. 6, 2022

Nice campground.

Nice campground with fire pits and tables. Faboulous views. Windy today.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Robert , May 6, 2022
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Robert , May 6, 2022
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Robert , May 6, 2022
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Paolo A.
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2022

Wonderful nest!

Great place to run away from the heat of the Valley. Well organized.

Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Paolo A., March 29, 2022
Sook C.
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2021

Close to charcoal kilns

This is a free small campground, close to charcoal kilns and west entrance. We meet a service car with gasoline tank that help us fill up our car with gas, he is an angel for us, otherwise, I can't imagine what happen next.

Month of VisitJanuary
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Sook C., December 8, 2021
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Sook C., December 8, 2021
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Sook C., December 8, 2021
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Mike C.
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2021

Great place to stop for tent , van or other small travelers

We found this site to be perfect for our needs. The cost at the time of this review was $0.00. The outhouse style bathroom was clean. Our view of the sun setting between 2 mountains was amazing. The site was flat , others campers in the area but not overcrowded.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Mike C., October 13, 2021
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Mike C., October 13, 2021
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C
Reviewed May. 5, 2021

Very clean

Lots of sites but not a lot of privacy they’re very close together. Very clean campground good bathrooms and drinkable water available from a well. Be aware there are a lot of wild burros who will come around just keep your distance. Easily accessible two roads to get there make sure to fuel up before you come it’s a bit of a drive!

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Chase , May 5, 2021
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Chase , May 5, 2021
Brittney  C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2020

desert free camping

So this is the same place as the other wild rose and its FREEEEEEE camping, yayy who doesn't love free??? I sure do… anyway, this little campground has vault toilets, tables, and fire rings at each location.
Trash cans available

 They have handicap spots and access as well. 

A few spots were super large perfect for campers or groups.

 You have no service so make sure you plan any hiking or driving accordingly and the nearest gas station is about 45 mins away and you have to drive through a very tight windy road that feels like forever. So make sure you are fueled up. 

The best part was I saw a coyote.. it was super exciting for me that's for sure.

 It's really just basic but this one is not just flat grounds and overcrowded like in the park, it's alright, I like more trees but that's just me!!!

ok so I saw someone doing this and I figured I start too, everyone has different reasons that they put the star rating so ill give you my break down

Here are my star ratings

based on my lifestyle and what I like.

I'm also a mother, a dog mama, and a wife... so it's not just me, it's my crew and I.

1 star- AUTOMATIC relocate… the property is no longer there, trashed, and/or I could never have my children there. Furthermore, I wouldn't ever consider staying.

2 star- Not really my jam, and would  NEVER go to again… It probably more of desert life and not really my style for sure…Being from Vegas I can't stand being in the desert and  I love the Trees and the Green more than anything.

3 star- Would stay there again in a pinch, but not really my style,  the reason its not is because not enough family things to do, the scenery, or the location… but I would go again and feel safe having my kiddos here but only if I needed to in a pinch.

4 star- a really good rating for sure, maybe needed some improvements, minor things like being on top of each other, not a lot of privacy, but honestly little cosmetic things that aren't anything to sweat and would be back again for sure.

5 star- MY FAVORITE… love the location, safety, the surroundings, big camp spots available to fit toys for my kids to play, hammocks to hang, our big family tent, cases of firewood, our suburban or RV, etcccccc….. I would not only come back but would live if I could!!!

Anyway thanks for reading and enjoy every moment like it's your last!

CHEERS!

  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Brittney  C., November 28, 2020
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Brittney  C., November 28, 2020
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Brittney  C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2020

Back side of Death Valley

FREEEEEEE camping, yayy who doesn't love free??? I sure do… anyway, this little campground has vault toilets, tables, and fire rings at each location.

They have handicap spots and access as well.

A few spots were super large perfect for campers or groups.

You have no service so make sure you plan any hiking or driving accordingly and the nearest gas station is about 45 mins away and you have to drive through a very tight windy road that feels like forever. So make sure you are fueled up.

The best part was I saw a coyote.. it was super exciting for me that's for sure.

you can drive up and find about 3 more camp grounds.

Here are my star ratings based on my lifestyle and what I like.

 I'm also a mother, dog mama, and a wife so it's not just me it's my crew and i.

 1 star- AUTOMATIC relocate... the property is no longer there, trashed or/and I could never have my children there and I wouldn't ever think about staying no matter what.

 2 star- Not really my jam, and would NEVER go to again... It probably more of desert life and not really my style for sure...Being from Vegas I can't stand being in the desert and I love the Trees and the Green more than anything.

 3 star- Would stay there again in a pinch, but not really my style, the reason its not is because not enough family things to do, the scenery, or the location... but I would go again and feel safe having my kiddos here but only if I needed to in a pinch.

 4 star- a really good rating for sure, maybe needed some improvements, minor things like being on top of each other, not a lot of privacy, but honestly little cosmetic things that aren't anything to sweat and would be back again for sure.

 5 star- MY FAVORITE... love the location, safety, the surroundings, big camp spots available to fit toys for my kids to play, hammocks to hang, our big family tent, cases of firewood, our suburban or RV, etcccccc..... I would not only come back but would live if I could!!! Anyway thanks for reading and enjoy every moment like it's your last! CHEERS!

Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Brittney  C., November 28, 2020
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Brittney  C., November 28, 2020
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Julie D.
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2020

Beautiful view

My husband and I camped here for a couple nights during Thanksgiving week.  It was first come first served when we were there, and we arrived on a Wednesday early afternoon, and there were already some groups there and it was filling up.  Our site wasn't the best, as the larger and more set-back sites were already taken.   There are pretty much no trees or anything to provide privacy, but we made it work and the sunset & sunrise made up for it.  It was pretty chilly overnight as this campground is at a higher elevation.

This campground isn't really near the most popular attractions in the park, so keep that in mind if you are thinking of staying here.  There are a few things around though!

One memorable thing about this campground was hearing burros during the night.  It wasnt loud, but we could hear them off in the distance.  Something I have never experienced while camping!

Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Julie D., November 5, 2020
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Julie D., November 5, 2020
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Julie D., November 5, 2020
T
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2020

Wildrose campground

Its a ways from the main road but a beautiful drive. Basic sites, tables and fire pits. Its also free. Pit toilets and pretty dang cold in February, but a great spot to camp if your going to hike wild rose or telescope

Juan R.
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2020

Teardrop Trip in Death Valley

Just stayed there with my wife and 2 dogs had an amazing experience no camp fee and great views of the stars at night, took our little teardrop camper and had no issues finding an adequate space for it and our truck. Definitely will be back

  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Juan R., January 21, 2020
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Juan R., January 21, 2020
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Juan R., January 21, 2020
Steve & Ashley  G.
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2019

High Desert Camping

We camped here one night on our way to Mammoth from San Diego. We accessed via Emigrant Canyon Road off of Highway 190. The winding road is about 20 or miles off the highway to the site. The campground is a small gravel parking lot with a pit toilet and sites with fire rings. This place is way off the beaten path. It’s high above the desert floor and was actually cool at night in September. The highlight here are the incredible desert vistas. You get a little window from the site but a short hike or drive and you are looking at Death Valley below.

  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Steve & Ashley  G., June 20, 2019
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Steve & Ashley  G., June 20, 2019
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Eli W.
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2018

Quiet spot in the desert

This spot is a bit out there, but it was a great spot to camp out in the desert. There was only one other person there when we went so that was nice that it was pretty vacant and quiet. We stopped here on our way home from Northern California to Arkansas, it was a bit of a random stop but we were tired of driving and found this place. It has great desert scape views and adorable burros! There was potable water available and a pit toilet available as well. The sites had fire rings too. If you follow down the dirt road for a bit too you will find the Wildrose Kilns which were truly a cool sight to see. If you camp here, you might as well go down and check out the giant beehive like kilns. It’s a long dusty rocky trail but worth it!

  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Eli W., August 31, 2018
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Eli W., August 31, 2018
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Eli W., August 31, 2018
R
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2017

Quiet spot

Quiet campground on the west side of the park. Only a few campers here at the time of the year. Close to the kilns. Was a good spot to stage to explore this part of the park.

Month of VisitDecember
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Rob M., December 9, 2017
Britany R.
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2017

Away from the crowds, close to Hiking

Wildrose campground is removed from the more crowded spots, and it's free! If you're looking to hike Wildrose Peak or Telescope Peak, this campground puts near the base of both. It's quiet and a little cooler than most of the park.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Britany R., November 6, 2017
Amanda D.
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2017

Amazing FREE Campground in Death Valley NP

Nestled in the mountains just west of Death Valley this campground is a cool (both temperature and vibe) place to stay. I camped here in late March just before temperatures got outrageous. It’s about a 45 minute drive from Stovepipe Wells (which has gas, food and other services), but the elevation and thus cooler temperatures are well worth the extra time and gas. I had come for a short weekend trip to the park and didn’t spend too much time at the campsite beyond sleeping. The sites are nice and quiet surrounded by desert sage brush which doesn’t offer too much privacy. The campground has 23 sites pit toilets, potable water, fire rings and picnic tables. It’s first-come first serve but I had no problem getting a spot despite the fact that I arrived after sunset. The best part of this campground is that its FREE!!! I’ve stayed at much worse campgrounds that cost $25 + a night.

The road to the campground was filled with wildlife so do drive carefully. Many animals also darted towards the car as I drove in so please drive slow. I was also stuck behind a wild burro for a while as it was using the road too :p

The park was rather warm for March reaching well over 100ºF. The wildlife seemed rather hot as there was both a roadrunner and a coyote resting in the shade at the visitor’s center. I was able to see quite a lot of the park in the weekend. It wasn’t very crowded despite being there at a more popular time of year though the park is rather large. I was also there during a meteor shower which was amazing. The sky in the park and at this campground are very dark and the star gazing was particularly spectacular.

Overall this was a great campground in one of the nation’s most iconic desert landscapes. I would highly recommend!! For more info click here.

Month of VisitApril
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Amanda D., October 1, 2017
  • Review photo of Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park by Amanda D., October 1, 2017
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Does Wildrose Campground — Death Valley National Park have wifi?

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