EXTREME SUMMER HEAT
Expect high temperatures of 100 to 120 degrees F on your summer visit to Death Valley. Heat related illness is a real possibility. Drink plenty of water and carry extra. Avoid activity in the heat. Travel prepared to survive. Watch for signs of trouble. More »
Furnace Creek Visitor Center hours to change for Summer 2013
To better serve summer visitors, the Furnace Creek Visitor Center will be open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm beginning June 16 through October 7, 2013.
Furnace Creek Campground Temporary Closure
Furnace Creek Campground will be CLOSED for construction starting April 16, 2013. Texas Springs Campground will remain open for summer camping in the Furnace Creek Area. More »
Courtesy of The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Where is backcountry camping allowed?
Where is backcountry camping NOT allowed?
Camping is NOT allowed on the valley floor from Ashford Mill in the south to 2 miles north of Stovepipe Wells.
Backcountry campsites must be more than 100 yards from any water source to protect these fragile areas for wildlife use.
Camping is NOT allowed on the following "day use only" dirt roads:
Camping is NOT allowed at the following historic mining areas:
If in doubt whether an area is open to camping please check at the nearest Ranger Station or the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
Free voluntary permits for backcountry camping may be obtained at the visitor center or any ranger station. Solo hikers may want to provide additional information about plans and emergency contacts.
Overnight group size is limited to 15 people and no more than 6 vehicles. Larger groups will need to split up and camp at least 1 mile apart.
Campfires are prohibited, except in fire pits in developed campgrounds. Gathering wood is unlawful and burning of wood is not allowed in the backcountry. Campstoves and barbeque grills are allowed. Charcoal ashes must be packed out.
Valuable Backcountry Suggestions
Backcountry Ethics - Walking softly in the Desert
The desert is as fragile as any other natural area. Here are some tips that can help you be an ethical hiker and camper.
Learn about the region before you go
Walk on durable surfaces
Choose resistant campsites
Human waste disposal
Did You Know?
Death Valley is the hottest place on Earth. In July 1913, five consecutive days of 129°F or above were recorded in Death Valley. On July 10, 1913 a reading of 134 degrees Fahrenheit was taken, the world record hottest air temperature. More...