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Death Valley Campgrounds
Texas Spring Campground

Overview

For the most part, developed campgrounds in Death Valley must an embarrassment to the National Park Service. Granted, there is little in the way of natural landscape to work with, but it would seem that a barren parking lot is beneath the expectations of most National Park campers. That said, some campgrounds are better than others, and to be honest, some campground are designed for the RV crowd who require little more than an parking space (but I'm sure even some of them would like a picnic table).

For prices, reservation, and other details, see the Death Valley website for current information. Overflow camping is available at Sunset Campground, and backcountry car camping is permitted in most of the hinterlands.

Emigrant Campground

Emigrant Campground

Located in the west-central part of the park at about 2,000 feet elevation, Emigrant Campground is a quite place that tends to be cooler than valley-floor campgrounds. Emigrant is tents-only, and usually RVs with noisy generators stay away, but I've never seen one kicked out.

This is a small, tightly packed campground with only 10 sites. Water is available from a single faucet, and flush toilets are a 5-minute walk from the campsites.

Furnace Creek Campground

Furnace Creek Campground

Located in the heart of the main valley-floor area at nearly 200 feet below sea level, Furnace Creek Campground is the main camp in the park. Reservations are accepted for the 136 tent, RV, and group campsites. Flush toilets and water faucets are located throughout the camp area. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring, and some site have trees for shade.

This campground is located adjacent to the Visitor Center, which is convenient for those wishing to attend indoor evening programs (cool in summer, warm in winter).

Mesquite Spring Campground

Mesquite Springs Campground

Located in the northern part of the park at 1,800 feet elevation, Mesquite Springs Campground is cooler than valley-floor campgrounds. Reservations are not accepted for the 30 tent and RV campsites. Flush toilets and water faucets are located in the camp area. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring; none has shade or utilities.

This campground is conveniently located for visitors wishing to visit Scotty's Castle, the Ubehebe Crater complex, the Racetrack area, and points farther north in the park.

Stovepipe Wells Campground

Stovepipe Wells Campground

Located in the central area of the park at about sea level, Stovepipe Wells Campground primarily is an RV camp with a few sites on the edge of the dirt parking lot set aside for tents. Reservations are not accepted for the 190 campsites. Flush toilets and water faucets are located at the restroom. Picnic tables and fire rings are only provided for the tent campsites. No shade.

Sunset Campground

Sunset Campground

Located in the heart of the main valley-floor area at nearly 200 feet below sea level, Sunset Campground is the main RV camp in the park. Reservations are not accepted for the 270 RV campsites. Flush toilets and water faucets are located throughout the camp area. No picnic tables, no fire rings, no hook-ups.

Auxiliary parking lots are used for overflow tent and RV campsites during peak visitation season.

Texas Spring Campground

Texas Spring Campground

Located on the edge of the heart of the main valley-floor area at about sea level, Texas Spring Campground is one of the main camp in the park. Reservations are not accepted for the 92 campsites, but RVs and tents are restricted to separate sections. Flush toilets and water faucets are located throughout the camp area. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. There is very little shade, but the camp is located in a canyon that provides some morning and afternoon shade, plus some relief from the wind.

Wildrose Campground

Wildrose Campground

Located high in the Panamint Range at 4,100 ft elevation, this campground is considerably cooler than valley-floor campgrounds, but it is also a long ways from valley-floor attractions. Accessible by paved road, this campground is closed during the snowy winter season. Twenty-three sites, picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. No shade.

Mahogany Flat

Mahogany Flat Campground

Located very high in the Panamint Range at 8,200 ft elevation, this campground is cold compared to valley-floor campgrounds, but it is also a long ways from valley-floor attractions. Accessible by rough dirt road (sometimes requiring a 4WD vehicle), this campground is closed during the snowy winter season. Ten sites, picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. Pinyon pine provide natural shade.

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Thorndike Campground

Located very high in the Panamint Range at 7,400 ft elevation, this campground is cold compared to valley-floor campgrounds, but it is also a long ways from valley-floor attractions. Accessible in 2WD-HC vehicles (I could not make it in our sedan) via a narrow dirt road, this campground is closed during the snowy winter season. Six sites, picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. Pinyon pine provide natural shade.

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
1053 Emigrant Campground 479748 4038849 36.49656 117.22612 2,160 Yes
1437 Furnace Creek Campground 512047 4035475 36.46628 116.86554 -203 Yes
0611 Mahogany Flats Camp 493940 4009262 36.23002 117.06743 8,133 Yes
0903 Mesquite Camp 467759 4093618 36.98997 117.36230 2,182 Yes
0985 Stovepipe Camp 486881 4050963 36.60590 117.14668 8 Yes
0932 Sunset Camp 512627 4034313 36.45580 116.85909 -122 Yes
1043 Texas Spring Camp 512895 4034780 36.46001 116.85609 -75 Yes
1059 Thorndike Camp 493574 4010045 36.23707 117.07152 7,546 Yes
1438 Wildrose Camp 482965 4013235 36.26571 117.18964 4,071 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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