Furnace Creek Campground

California, United States

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    Camping at Death Valley


    There are campgrounds near Stovepipe Wells and Furnace Creek. There are also camping areas in several other locations in the park. Costs are $12 to $18 for the more developed sites. many of the primitive sites are free. I did not stay in any of these just wanted to let you know what is available.

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by goingsolo about Campgrounds

There are at least a dozen campgrounds scattered throughout the park. Many are only open seasonally, but Furnace Creek , Emigrant and Wildrose stay open all year and are the first to fill up in the high season (Oct - May)

Furnace Creek Ranch has become...

by smoox

Furnace Creek Ranch has become a tourist village, complete with shop, snack-bar and pub. Book well in advance since it´s about the only 'budget' accommodation around. The motel has - of course! - modern air conditioned rooms, but in summer it´s of little help only. Do NOT open the window for fresh air - the heat will slip in and will never go away.

Accomodation outside Death Valley.

by dutch_anna about Phoenix Inn, Beatty.

It is less expensive to stay in a hotel or motel outside Death Valley. We found a good motel in Beatty.
Distance from Scotty's Castle approx. 65 min. drive.
From Furnace Creek also approx. 65 min.

Staying in a hotel brothel

by mht_in_la about Happy Burro Hostel

I stayed 2 nights in Happy Burro Hostel at Beautty, Nevada. It's inexpensive but relatively inconvenient because it's still 40 miles from Furnace Creek or Stovepipe Wells. The hostel had a sign indicating the building, a historic landmark, used to be a brothel. Good that I didn't find any used condoms under my sheet. For both nights I didn't see any other guests and I had a whole room to myself with complete privacy.

Furnace Creek Ranch

by annk

A good location in the oasis where the most amenities exist for those visiting Death Valley. There are 4 restaurants, 2 lounges, a museum, visitor's center, general store, golf course & horse back riding all within walking distance.

The motel is open year round, rates range from $105-$174 and views vary and could include the pool or golf course. Swimming pool is a constant 82 F and is spring fed.

Lodging is pricey in Death Valley so many opt to camp.

Panamint Springs

by goingsolo about Panamint Springs

Panamint Springs also has a small motel that provides lodging for the east portion of the park. Its open seasonally and has limited availability due to the fact that this is a less popular area of the park. There is a bar/restaurant here, but no gasoline is available. If you're heading this way from Furnace Creek, make sure to stop at Stovepipe Wells and refuel.

Furnace Creek Inn

by annk

A 4 diamond resort listed in the Register of Historic Hotels. It was built in 1927 by the Pacific Borax Company. Very pricey and rates range from $240-$370 a night depending on view and time of year. Rooms are nice but wouldn't consider them to be of 4 diamond caliber.

A very good restaurant & lounge are on the premises. There is also a gift shop and spa services available. A beautiful, historic hotel that blends into the desert surrounding. Adobe bricks used in the construction of the hotel were created on site by Native Americans.

Views from the lobby, balcony and some guest rooms are excellent.

The pool is fed by natural hot springs and is a constant 82 F. No chemicals are used so the pool is drained a re-filled every other day. Two fireplaces on either side of the pool are lit at night.

A palm oasis and garden exist in the center of the property.

Worth a visit even if not staying at the Inn.

A Centrally Located Campground

by KimberlyAnn about Sunset Campground

Sunset Campground is open from October 15 to April 15 on a first come, first served basis. With no trees to provide shade or privacy, this is not a very pretty campground by our standards. It is more like a huge gravel parking lot with some restrooms (no showers) spaced through out the parking lot. Located 190 feet below sea level, this campground has 1000 tent/RV sites. There are no hook ups, but water and a dump station are available within the campground. Be warned, however, that the water tastes awful, and the price for bottled water is very high, so come with your own supply of drinking water. This is a remote park, so you are pretty much trapped, and will have to pay their asking price for goods as it is way too far to drive somewhere else. There are also no picnic tables, no cooking grills, and no fires are allowed. We made the best of it by choosing an outside spot and parking with our front door facing out across the desert, so that we could sit outside and view the desert and hills rather than a parking lot full of trailers. Across the street from the developed Furnace Creek area you can easily walk to the post office, gift shop, two restaurants, and the Borax Museum.

Rustic but Nice

by sacking about Panamint Spring Resort

Planned a 4 night stay in Death Valley. First night was at Panamint Springs Resort and then onto Furnace Creek Ranch. Panamint Springs has had some negative reviews but I took a chance since some of the reviews said that there was a change in owners in March 2006. The place isn't bad at all. Especially considering the price. The new owners are working to fix up the place and that will take time. But the room was clean, bathroom clean and the people there were very nice. This is a good place to stay if you want to do things on the west side of Death Valley. Darwin Falls are nearby and the Panamint Springs Sand Dunes are close as well. There are ghost towns and great canyons to hike nearby. Restaurant was crowded and food was good. Definitely worth giving it a shot, espcially since the new owners are trying to fix the place up. Now don't expect phones in the rooms or TVs either. This is really like staying in Death Valley, not a resort hotel. Rooms are small but provided everything I needed for a nice night stay. 14 Unit Motel
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Forum Posts

Death Valley camping

by samtin

We are hoping to camp a couple of nights in Death Valley NP as part of a three week hiking camping trip around California (Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia) and Arizona. We're thinking of either the Wildrose or Emigrant campgrounds and will be there in the first few days of July. We have an SUV and all our own camping gear.
I am interested to hear from anyone who has used these campgrounds in summer and any advice as to which is preferable, how full they get (can you just turn up and pitch), is there any shade available at all and any general advice. We are experienced campers/hikers but not use to camping in very hot temperatures. Thanks, Sam from England.

Re: Death Valley camping

by sufr54

"Thanks, Sam from England."

Sam from England, I have a brother in-law from Widnes England who came over here to enjoy the desert in August. He thought he was in the first stages of purgatory and cut that part of his adventure very short.

It is a very different and difficult environment then most people have ever encountered. It is difficult to breath and there is a real chance of de-hydration that you must be aware of. You can not do the physical attactivites that you normally do and you do not want to move about at all during the day, but it is an experience that you will remember.

The good thing is, the campgrounds will not be crowed, you can always pack up and move on once the oppressive heat exceeds the pleasurable experience of a new adventure.

I would seriously read up on the effects of desert conditional on the body and remember that the distances are far greater than they look for hiking and do carry a cell phone or rent your vehicle with on-star.

Here is a link for cell phone coverage in Death Valley:


Are you going to see the Grand Canyon, it is well worth the inclusion as are parts of Arizona near and around Sedona.

Re: Death Valley camping

by Ldeck3

If you want to camp in Yosemite you need to make reservations through the National Park Service unless you want to waste a day sitting in line seeing if a spot opens up. The same is true for Sequoia although some spots are first come first serve. California State Parks can be reserved by going to reserveamerica.com

Re: Death Valley camping

by sufr54

I've been giving your trip some thought, with your love of hiking and camping, I think I would definitely add a trek to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to your agenda.

Pretty good bragging rights on your accomplishment, and it is spectacular down there. The same can also be said for Half Dome.

Re: Death Valley camping

by samtin

Thanks(to all) for the advice. Had wondered about hiking down into Grand Canyon but imagine it is very hot and staying at a higher elevation and doing a hike along or close to the rim might be nicer. We did Half Dome summit last time we were in Yosemite in '98.



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