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Will there still be a spot open when I arrive? (I couldn't make a reservation)

MAY - SEPTEMBER:

  • There are only a few campgrounds open in the summer months due to the extreme temperatures - midnight temperatures can still be over 100 F - so most visitors find these sleeping conditions unfavorable.
  • Due to the limited number of campgrounds open it can be very busy over HOLIDAY weekends (Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day) Unfortunately, we can NOT predict if the campgrounds will be full or not.
  • Besides the Holiday weekends, most visitors find a campsite at Furnace Creek CG during the summer. The higher elevation campgrounds can be full on busy weekends.
  • Open campgrounds are ALL first-come, first-serve, and they are not staffed. You will need to travel to the campground to find an empty spot, and then you can pay your campground fee at the automated, self-help kiosk with a credit or debit card.

OCTOBER - APRIL:

  • It is very rare for all campgrounds to fill in Death Valley. Even during the busiest times or weekends, folks find a spot at Sunset CG or Stovepipe Wells CG.
  • Besides Furnace Creek CG, all other campgrounds are first-come, first-serve. Getting there early in the morning is not always necessary to secure a spot (see above and below).
  • You can arrive anytime you want because you will be paying AT the campground with an automated machine (credit or debit card needed).
  • Don't worry! Between the 190 spots at Stovepipe Wells CG and 270 at Sunset CG, you are 99.9% likely to find a spot in the park.
 

National Park Service Campgrounds

View the park map for location information for the following campgrounds:

Campground Season Elevation Fee Sites Water Tables Firepits Toilets Dump Station

Furnace Creek

  • OPEN
  • No reservations in the summer
  • first-come, first-serve
  • Reservations Oct 15 to April 15
-196'
Summer Rates
May-Oct 14

Standard $16

$8 with lifetime pass

Hookups $36

$25 with lifetime pass
136

18 hookups
yes yes yes flush yes

Sunset

at Furnace Creek
  • CLOSED for summer
  • No reservations
  • first-come, first-serve
  • Open October 15th to late May
-196'
$14

$7 with lifetime pass
270 yes no no flush yes

Texas
Springs

at Furnace Creek
  • CLOSED for summer
  • No reservations
  • first-come, first-serve
  • Open October 15th to April 15th
sea level $16

$8 with lifetime pass
92 yes yes yes flush yes

Stovepipe Wells

30 min from
Furnace Creek

  • CLOSED for summer
  • No reservations
  • first-come, first-serve
sea level $14

$7 with lifetime pass
190 yes some some flush yes

Mesquite Spring

1 hr 15 min from Furnace Creek
  • OPEN
  • No reservations
  • first-come, first-serve
  • Open all year
1800' $14

$7 with lifetime pass
30 yes yes yes flush yes

Emigrant
(tents only)

40 min from
Furnace Creek
  • OPEN
  • No reservations
  • first-come, first-serve
  • Open all year
2100' free 10 yes yes no flush no

Wildrose*

1 hr 15 min from
Furnace Creek
  • OPEN
  • No reservations
  • first-come, first-serve
  • Open all year
4100' free 23 yes yes yes pit no

Thorndike**

1 hr 30 min from
Furnace Creek
  • OPEN
  • No reservations
  • first-come, first-serve
7400' free 6 no yes yes pit no

Mahogany Flat**

1 hr 45 min from
Furnace Creek
  • OPEN
  • No reservations
  • first-come, first-serve
8200' free 10 no yes yes pit no
* Accessible to vehicles no longer than 25 feet.
** Accessible to high clearance vehicles no longer than 25 feet. 4-wheel drive may be necessary.


Reservations for Furnace Creek Campground

  • Reservations for the Furnace Creek Campground are available for the camping season of October 15 to April 15 by calling 1-877-444-6777 or visiting recreation.gov.
  • Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance, but can be made up to 6 months in advance.
  • All unreserved walk-in sites are open first come/first served for a period of 1 night up to 4 nights depending on the next incoming reservation. These opportunities are available in person at the kiosk only.
  • All other National Park campgrounds are first come/first served year round (no reservations), however the National Park Service reserves the right to reserve sites for management needs for all campgrounds.

Hookups- RV sites

  • Furnace Creek Campground has only 18 sites with full hookups. These are 50 amp hookups and water.
  • There are multiple dump stations located within the Furnace Creek area.
  • It is very rare to have the opportunity to stay in on of these sites without reservations. In the case where a hookup site is not reserved, it is open for a very brief period before the next incoming reservation arrives.
  • RV hookup sites are also available at the concession-run Stovepipe Wells RV Park and the privately owned Panamint Springs Resort.

 

Camping/Campground Rules


Number of People/Vehicles:

  • Campsites are limited to no more than eight people and two vehicles or one recreational vehicle per site.
  • Larger groups wishing to camp together can reserve group sites at the Furnace Creek Campground.


Campfires: All vegetation in the park is protected. Firewood is available at Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells General Stores, or you can bring your own supply.

  • Charcoal producing fires may only be made in NPS fire pits.
  • All stoves and grills must be gas burning.
  • Fires are prohibited in the summer months (June 15-September 15) or other periods of high fire danger at Mahogany Flat, Thorndike, and Wildrose Campgrounds.


Camping Limits:

  • Furnace Creek Campground has a limit of 14 days per calendar year.
  • The rest of Death Valley National Park has a 30-day per calendar year camping limit.


Generator hours:

  • From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., unless otherwise posted.
  • Generators are prohibited in Texas Springs Campground, except from April 16 to May 15 in the upper loop from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pets: Pets must never be left unattended. There is a maximum limit of 4 pets per campsite and pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. Pet owners are responsible for cleanup and cleanup supplies.

Check-out Time: Furnace Creek Campground check-out time is 12 pm noon.

RV length restrictions:

  • Mahogany Flats Campground, Thorndike Campground, and Wildrose Campground have a length restriction of 25 feet in total length.
  • Emigrant Campground is a tent-only campground.
  • Texas Springs Campground, Mesquite Springs Campground, and Furnace Creek Campground can be difficult to maneuver into with longer RVs.
  • Sunset Campground and Stovepipe Wells Campground do not have limitations that would restrict RV length.


Wildlife: Coyotes and ravens are scavengers - keep your campsite clean! Do NOT feed or disturb wildlife.

 

Private Campgrounds within the Park

Privately operated campgrounds within the park also accept reservations year round at Stovepipe Wells RV Park, The Ranch at Death Valley, and Panamint Springs Resort

 

Backcountry Camping

Interested in dispersed or backcountry camping? It is permitted in some places within the park - find out more about the Backcountry Camping Rules. Death Valley is a large, remote place without cell phone service in most areas. Backcountry camping is a great option for those who prepare properly and follow Leave no Trace principles.

Last updated: June 14, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328

Phone:

(760) 786-3200

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