9 Parks near Death Valley National Park, California
Feb 2015 - $6.00
This is a somewhat primitive campground at the northern end of Death Valley NP. We happened to try to camp there Valentine's Day weekend and the campground was full. We took the advice on the entry sign and drove the 15 or so miles east and out of the park to a clearing well off the road and had a wonderful quiet night. Returned to the campground the next morning and got a site. By Monday it was nearly empty. Poorly delineated campsites. The place has seen heavy use but was reasonably clean - very little trash. Wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. The campground is situated on a major wash and offers wonderful day-hike opportunities. Water and dump available. Limited phone service. 'Campground Full' sign only posted at campground entrance so you won't know until you get there if sites are available. Best campground in the park if you want to be 'out there'. - Wereapair
Nov 2013 - $12.00
Second time I've camped here. It's the best NPS campground in the park. Much prettier and quieter than those in Furnace Creek, also much cooler at 2000' higher. Close to many sights to see on the north end of DVNP, including Scottys Castle, Ubehebe Crater, The Racetrack, DV-Big Pine Road. Only tent camped here but would have been able to get my 30' fifth wheel into at least half of the spots and saw many trailers and motorhomes here. Bathrooms and dump station are nice, but beware- no cellphone reception, no gas within 50 miles, you need a credit card to pay for campsite, and no real tire service for 88 miles (Tonopah) in case you get a bad flat, like we did on Racetrack Road. - trailer9
Mar 2013 - $6.00
The rate reflects a 50% discount with a Senior Pass. This is definitely our favorite Death Valley Campground. It is the quietest and farthest away from the most visited places in the park. However, it is close to Scotty’s Castle. It is a campground for tenting and smaller RV’s. We have a 27 foot motorhome, and there are probably a dozen or so sites in the campground that will accommodate us; however, many of them are very sloped and require a bit of leveling. And yes, we did get the side of our motorhome scraped by some thorns, but it was worth it. This campground is open year round and does not take reservations. It can get full for larger rigs, so plan to arrive a bit early in the day. There is a dump station and fresh water. There is also a restroom with flush toilet, but no showers. Satellite is not a problem. Neither our Verizon phone nor our data card picked up a signal. Stock up before you go, since it will be a long way to any supplies. We will definitely stay here again. - TheJim
Apr 2016 - $35.00
We bought a new to us Motor Home in January so this is our first campground stay. We were here a total of nine days. Sites are narrow with the slides out. Some sites are much wider than the on we were assigned so it is the luck of the draw. There is a problem with the electricity. It is from a generator. Our electric clocks gained 30 minutes a day. The voltage is 130+ which caused our electric blankets to quit working. Now for the good stuff. The sites are mostly level so no additional shoring was needed. The views are fantastic. The restaurant has great meals and good service. I will stay here again, but will unplug the electric blanket before hooking up. - Grover48
Feb 2015 - $35.00
A good place to stay while exploring the west side of Death Valley. It's not a "resort", it's Death Valley for crying out loud. Power was good and it's quiet at night. You'll need to level the rig a bit though. We enjoy it here but I can see that some might think it's too rustic. - SKP
Feb 2015 - $35.00
We stayed 5 days with a group. The only things this place has going for it are views and a decent restaurant. Otherwise, showers and bathrooms are gross, sites are tight & uneven, staff was invisible, power was sketchy (<110v), water bibs were caked in mineral deposits, making it nearly impossible to get a tight connection, advertised WiFi was MIA and gas was >$1.50 more than Stovepipe Wells. In the future, we'll dry camp at Stovepipe Wells and drive over Towne Pass to eat at the Panamint Springs Restaurant.
I'd say here again if I had to be near some event on the west side of DV but not as a first choice. - LM&TinView
Mar 2016 - $6.00
We were happy to secure a site with the mobs of touristas in DV for the Super Bloom. This was a bit primitive but worked fine for one night. Once again we met interesting people including a guy from Norway. The next night we moved to Texas Springs nearby. It was a Thursday so not so crowded but we saw lots more campers the next 2 days.
Bathrooms were nearby, clean, and never a line outside. Too windy for campfire so no ring wasn't a problem. and probably no room for a picnic table. It was what it was, for $6 a night on senior pass. - Letsgobezo
Mar 2016 - $6.00
We've been to Death Valley several times but had never stayed at this campground, which can hardly be called a campground at all as it's just a huge gravel parking lot with spaces marked off with white paint. There are three advantages to this campground however. First, it's cheap, especially if you have the Americal the Beautiful Pass. Second, it's right in the center of the park across the street from the Visitor Center and the Furnace Creek Resort with its restaurants and general store. And third, there is always room to camp here if all the other campgrounds are full. We came to see the Super Bloom and the park was extremely crowded. We dry camped for five days and on the weekend of our stay the park even opened three additional overflow areas at this campground to accommodate more people!
In spite of the no frills atmosphere, this is a fine place to camp. There are three restroom facilities with flush toilets and sinks, but no showers. Considering how crowded the campground was they were kept remarkably clean. Generators are allowed from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM I believe. Thankfully most people used their generators sparingly so the general mood was quiet and peaceful.
There are no picnic tables or fire rings at your "site" but there is one communal fire pit that some folks used a few times while we were there. Two dump stations with potable water are right close by too. Surprisingly, we had a really strong signal on our AT&T cell phone here too. A welcome improvement from the days when we had to drive to Beatty, Nevada to make a phone call! - BruceandKathyWA
Mar 2016 - $6.00
Centrally located from all major attractions and right across the street from the Visitors center. Lots of pull thru sites. We arrived at 9pm and easily found a site even though they were 3/4th full. Site number can be found on a post inside spot. Must pay with credit/debit card and then attach printed slip to post and have either National Park pass or paid slip on dash. Sites are very close together. I estimated 10 feet between our rig and the one next to us. Generator hours from 9-9. Lots of trash bins at each end of the campground.
Water is available by hand pump for tent campers or you can fill and dump for free by turning right onto main road and dump and fill site is on the right about .2 miles. Lots of clean bathrooms, but no soap or towels - 3 stalls inc. 1 handicap. On Verizon network but mostly had no signal. We camped in a 35' 5th wheel. - ARoamingLife
Feb 2015 - $6.00
Giant gravel lot. No hook-ups, no shade. Basically just a place to park. - Wereapair
Feb 2015 - $6.00
Nice location for exploring central Death Valley. Quiet and spacious. All gravel and mostly level sites. Tent camping at the front and rear of the park, RV sites in the center. Can't beat the price with the senior discount! - SKP
Apr 2014 - $6.00
Used the senior rate to get half price at this campsite. Just wanted to correct another posting that the sites were very wide and would accommodate our awning and slides without getting into our neighbor's spot. There were parking stripes to show how wide your spot was and I think the previous writer must have misunderstood or not seen the markings. This was a quiet campground, basically a parking lot as stated before. - saturn7
Death Valley National Park, California (map) | (760) 786-2387
Sites: 14 | Latest Rate: $33.00 | 26 Reviews
Apr 2016 - $33.00
We made reservations for Stovepipe Wells based on the reviews. We were informed they did not take the NP Senior Pass. When I questioned young lady about these reviews, she started with excuses, terrible service. We paid $33.30 each night. When we arrived, we were informed we could not check in till noon. No problem, came back at 11:56. Again, you can't check in till noon. No problem, I'll just wait 4 minutes. Will not stay here again.
Admin note: Park advised that NP Senior Pass will be accepted until Oct. 2016. Phone office to confirm. Conflicting views from management on how to handle this pass. - Judgeroy
Apr 2016 - $33.00
We stayed for 4 nights. The only reason we stayed here instead of the NPS park is that we don't have a toad, so we had to leave and come back each day as we went sightseeing and this guaranteed us a space for the night. This is essentially a 14 bay parking lot with hook ups. There is plenty of space between the rigs but there is no picnic table or other table to cook or eat on. There is no fire ring or other amenities at the sites.
Our main complaint is that the dump pipes are elevated above the ground on a 3" concrete block and the pipe itself sticks up about another 4 inches. This becomes a problem if you (like us) have low black/gray outlets. Dumping took over half an hour because we had to keep stopping and draining the hose. We never were able to completely empty the tanks. - roadie gal
Mar 2016 - $17.00
Absolutely worth having 50 amp power, even at the regular rate, with water and sewer a bonus. Paved access road, but sites are just gravel and dirt/sand and fine. Includes free access to the hotel pool and other amenities. Great location to sightsee from. No cell or OTA signal, just had to go to Park Hqs at Furnace Creek for cell service and some wifi. Would absolutely stay again. Restaurant, gas station and convience store right next door. Reservations highly recommended. - RPWAINC
Apr 2016 - $7.00
Time to update a rating for this campground. During the Super bloom we moved here fron Sunset as winds were high and rain about to break out. The site was huge compared with Sunset. We were up top near clean bathrooms, with a table and fire ring which we couldn't use due to storm, but the views! Breathtaking! Nice neighbors from Las vegas. We were able to help folks trying to batten down a tent. Then a guy from NZ in his small truck camper knocked on our door during storm to ask if he could also park on our huge site and leave early in am as campground was full. Camping is great when you meet folks from all over the world!
PS Dog friendly which means a lot to our dalmatian and westy! - Letsgobezo
Dec 2011 - $14.00
The campground is located in beautiful topography. There are lots of hills that can be hiked from the campground with great views. No generators are allowed. Minimal garbage / recycling available (one location only). This is more of a tenters campground. No showers. Dump station is located half way up the hill to the campground. It is not conveniently located for a longer stay, but good for when one leaves. The weather is cold at night and not having the option of using our generator for heat and all the loud, fire burning tenters drove us to leave this campground and return to another park. That park provided more privacy as most people had big rigs versus the small RVs or tents that were common in Texas Spring. Campground is gravel and dusty. The upper loop is for RVers and tenters. The lower loop is only for tenters. There are a few large sites, but they were difficult for us to level or 34 ft rig on (back tires on the ground). Smaller RVs will find it easier to level. Picnic tables and fire pits are on the sites. - FTRVTC
Nov 2011 - $7.00
The roads are paved, and sites were well graveled. The road to the upper RV sites is not marked. There is a camp map at the entrance. Follow the road up the steep slope to get to the RV sites. The long pull-through sites and several other sites have the fire pit in the middle of the site pad. To not have the fire pit right next to your RV means parking your RV at one end or the other. Also, if you have a neighbor, their fire pit could be right next to your RV. This is a no-generator camp, yet we had generators running a number of times. One night at 8:30 PM we told the camp host that a generator was running. There are great views from camp. - airtravel
Jun 2016 - $30.00
Very strange set up for the utilities at this park. Our 36 ft MH has sewer about 10ft forward from the driver's side rear bumper and the electric hook-up is at the rear corner on the driver's side. We found the sewer connection at the park all the way behind the back of the motorhome almost in the spot that would be behind us-barely was able to connect to the sewer as we had a back-in site. Also have never seen something like this before but the plug for the electrical was installed upside down. Cable TV connection just had a female connector end and was not able to connect, and there was no wifi. Would ask for a pull thru site next time. - Namaste-1961
Apr 2016 - $30.00
We stayed in one of the full h/u pull through sites, plenty long for a big rig and some space between sites. Clean power and low water pressure. The campground has lots of tent sites, truck camper or very small rig sites, and others that held larger rigs. There are some back in f/u sites which seemed slightly shorter and closer together but had no one behind them. Traveling around the park and seeing the other NPS and private campgrounds with rv sites, this is the preferred one (in my opinion!). - PBuds
Mar 2016 - $21.00
We booked three nights through Recreation.gov and got a great rate using our America the Beautiful pass. Our site #43 was on the outer loop with full hookups and a nice view of the mountains. The pad was long and fairly flat with a nice distance between sites. The entrance to the park is one driveway past the Visitors Center which can be abit tricky to spot. We were able to walk to the Visitors Center (highly recommend) and walk alittle further to Furnace Creek resort next door and have a drink in their saloon. You can also pay $5 to use their pool and showers (no towels, hair dryers or outlets in the bathroom). The park was clean and relatively quiet for being completely full. The staff are around to keep things in check and offer help if needed. I would have rated it higher, if the bathrooms had showers. - CoachCathy
Mar 2015 - $18.00
Stayed here two nights. We weren't able to make reservations anywhere else, being it is spring break time. It is a decent camping site, though if you can, make reservations for one of the 50 ft sites, as mentioned all but two of the longer sites have shade behind them. We were not so lucky, the sites to the NNE are full on in the sun all day long. And being Death Valley, even in the middle of spring, it was 90+°. So make sure to book/ask for a longer site in the shade.
Overall, it is a nice campground. It was clean, some dust from the gravel surface, still not bad considering it's a desert. The sites are kind of close together, but the campground was not full, so there was space between neighbors. There are three community fire pits in the campground. No picnic tables. Water available at service station and dump station. Very close to NP visitors center, quick drive to pool. Furnace Creek Ranch/ Resort access included with campground fee, which is a nice bonus. Would stay here again if I had shaded site. - Percival6
Mar 2014 - $18.00
Having read all the other reviews for Furnace Creek Ranch, it appears that no one has reviewed the "no hookup" area which seems to be pretty new. It is located behind the gas station, between the golf course and the park visitors center. It is a large parking lot (where else does one ever camp in Death Valley?) in a rough triangle shape with campsites marked off all along the perimeter with the large center area clear except for a fire pit. I agree with the other reviewers that the other RV area is the pits--crowded and messy, but we loved the new dry camping area a lot. The price was great, the sites were a breeze to back into and very long, the internet was fast and reliable (better than 90% of RV parks we've visited; amazing for Death Valley!), there is shade (also absent everywhere else in DV that I have seen) if you get one of the sites along the West line of trees, you have use of the pool, showers, shuffleboard, etc. if you want. All-in-all it is a great bargain if you can do without hookups. It was never full the four days we camped here. - MrSunshine
1090 Mechem Dr Ruidoso, New Mexico 88345 (map) | (760) 786-2345
Sites: 35 | Latest Rate: $35.00 | 30 Reviews
Mar 2016 - $35.00
Sites close together, but shielded by bushes. The RV sites were very clean and tidy. The laundry room was dirty. Small dog park nearby. The pool was fabulous (a long walk from the RV sites) but the bath houses were a bit dirty from heavy usage. Convenient to all the sites in the National Park. Concession run store, restaurant and souvenir shop nearby but very pricey. - Roxella
Dec 2015 - $38.00
Unfortunately we had to stay here as the NPS campground with hook ups was completely full. The RV park operated by a private contractor is a disgrace to the National Park service. There is no or minimum service, the wifi system is extremely slow almost all of the time. The wifi also sends out random warning notices saying your connection will expire in 1 to 4 hrs almost every day. When I challenged the attendant she just give me a number to call for the secondary contractor who provides the wifi service.
Sites are placed close to each other to maximize profit for the contractor. The dump connectors sit high so it is not easy to use. Hook ups are at the end of the site, and you need to use extensions to make it work. Sites are not leveled. - hotpepper
Apr 2015 - $35.00
This RV park looked like a terrible trailer park! Overgrown weeds, many junky long-term RVs. I had to squeeze my 24' RV in between a propane tank (for the laundry room!) and a pole. We were going to stay 2 nights and left after 1 night. Will never return!! Horrible place! - nicholsm