A Campers Guide to Death Valley

Best Death Valley Campsites, RV Parks and Campgrounds

Texas Springs Campground, Furnace Creek
Texas Springs Campground, Furnace Creek. Markus Spiering/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Death Valley is a great place to go camping. With clear, dark skies overhead, you'll sleep under a canopy of stars. Many of the campgrounds have small grocery stores and restaurants nearby, making it easy to have a meal or get supplies to cook at your campsite.

You can camp both inside and outside the park. Spots in either place can be spectacular.

The National Park Service operates nine campgrounds in Death Valley with almost 800 sites among them. Most of them have water, and more than half have flush toilets and RV dump stations.

Camping Inside Death Valley at Furnace Creek

You'll find three campgrounds in the middle of Death Valley near the Furnace Creek Resort. The resort complex includes a store, a golf course, and two restaurants — and it's not far from the Furnace Creek Inn, which has gorgeous valley views.

Furnace Creek Campground: Furnace Creek is near the resort and run by a company that acts as a concessioner to the National Park Service. Sites can be reserved online during peak season (winter). Up to 4 pets per campsite are allowed, but they have to be kept on a leash at all times. 

Furnace Creek RV Resort: This campground is also part of the Furnace Creek Resort. It has 26 full-hookup RV sites that can take vehicles up to 45 feet long. The sites have water, sewer and 30-amp and 50-amp electrical hookups. Guests can enjoy the Ranch’s natural spring-fed swimming pool, shower facility, and other amenities.

Fiddler's CampgroundThis budget campground at Furnace Creek Ranch doesn't have hookups. It's close to the resort and guests who stay there can also use the Ranch's facilities.

Camping Inside Death Valley at Stovepipe Wells

Stovepipe Wells is north of Furnace Creek and especially close to the sand dunes, Ubehebe Crater and Scotty's Castle.

Stovepipe WellsThe Stovepipe Wells campground is privately run. You'll find a limited number of full hookup RV sites. The campground next door accommodates tents, and it's run by the National Park Service. If you stay in the tent area, you can use Stovepipe Wells' swimming pool and showers for a fee. Stovepipe Wells also has a restaurant, a small store, and a gas station.

Other Death Valley Campgrounds

More campgrounds are available in Death Valley. They're all listed here. A couple of them have RV hookups and/or flush toilets. Others are tents only, and some may not have water available. 

If you want to stay at Death Valley and fail to get a spot before they fill up, try using the website Campnab. For a small fee, they will scan the reservation system for up to four months, checking for openings and notifying you when openings appear. They scan every five minutes to an hour, depending on how much you pay for the service.  

Camping at Panamint Springs

Panamint Springs ResortPanamint Springs is privately run and located on the west side of the park. They have tent sites, full hookups. Pets are allowed for an extra fee. To get to the central part of Death Valley from this location, you'll have to make a long, steep drive over Emigrant Pass.

Back Country Camping Inside Death ValleyNational Park

You can also set up a backcountry camp in Death Valley, with some restrictions. Find out all the ins and outs. You'll need a free permit, which you can get from the visitor center.

Death Valley Camping Outside the National Park

You'll find several campgrounds and a couple of casinos in Beatty, Nevada which is just across the state line east of Death Valley. They're far enough away that they shouldn't be your first choice: 35 miles from Stovepipe Wells and about 50 miles from Furnace Creek. The Beatty visitor's bureau has a list of all of them.