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
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
This was our first visit to the park in 6 years, and we were very happy with the upgrades. However, there are some specifics that you need to be aware of if you come to the park after April 16th. That starts the "off season" and reservations are no longer accepted. All sites are on a first come, first serve basis, both full hook up and dry camping. The kiosk at the entry station only accepts credit cards, no cash. And the machine will only let you pay for one day at a time. So if you stay multiple days you must get a fresh tag from the machine every day. Also since there are no reservations in the off season, if you see a site you like when you drive in and verify that it is empty, claim it right away. Then go to the kiosk and get your tag. If you wait someone else may by in the site by the time you finish looking around. I will stay here again. - SargeW
We had one of the full hookup, pull through sites. It does have 50 amp service. The sites are all paved as are the roads. Spaces vary in size, but the pull throughs were very long and level. Good spacing between sites. It is Death Valley so no shade and rock/sand between sites. My only complaint would be the narrow roads. I think it could be a tight squeeze for bigger rigs getting into the back in sites. You can walk to the visitor center and to the town. Very nicely maintained park. Great value. - mcharland
We really enjoyed staying at this very nice NPS campground. The sites are roomy and long with concrete/asphalt pads, fire pits and tables. Many have shade. The view from our site was beautiful although not all sites have one. We were lucky to get a site with full hookups; make your reservations early as there are only a few full- hookup sites. No WiFi except at the Visitor Center which is just a short walk from the Campground. - alm
Death Valley National Park, California (map) | (760) 786-2345
Sites: 35 | Latest Rate: $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
The park is old, very old. The sites are very close together. We made two reservation for 2 days then 3 days, the office made us move across because it was too difficult for them to not do so. Very poor customer service, they just did not care. Our 50 amp only had a 30 amp plug, so poor. We would not come back. - JeffnAnita
We stayed here one night after staying at the Park Service Furnace Creek CG. As stated previously, the sites are very small. I had to park my TOAD partially in the street in front of my MH. I rarely have difficulty backing my MH into or getting out of a tight space but I did here. The sewer connection is way to the back of the space. So far that it is pretty much in the space behind ours. I carry an extra length of sewer hose but this is the first time I was not able to reach the connection. I had to dump my tanks at a Park Service sewer dump outside the campground. There are lots of long term occupants, apparently staff and workers at Furnace Creek. At about 3:00 AM there was a loud group of people yelling and laughing hysterically in the street near our space. It went on for about 10 minutes when it started raining and drove them inside. Rain in Death Valley is a pretty rare event so the sleep Gods must have been smiling on us. - AKJohn
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
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
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
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
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
I stayed here for a week. What an awesome place! While the grounds may not be well-manicured (it's the desert, after all), the place is top-notch. It is very visitor-friendly, and also friendly to those with motorcycles, Jeeps, and other off-road type vehicles. The owner, whom I met, is a very likable guy; I wish I could remember his name. The restaurant across the street serves very good food, and the water... yeah the water is FANTASTIC. Best-tasting water I've ever tasted since it comes from nearby Darwin Falls. Can't wait to go back again. - 5erFun
Death Valley National Park, California (map) | (760) 786-2387
Sites: 14 | Latest Rate: $16.00 |
14 spots 2 trees if you can call them trees. Must call ahead and have reservations as this is a really small park. High turnover we stays longer than anyone but wanted to take our time and enjoy a relaxing vacation. This is a wonderful value. 20 yards away is the Park Service RV park. They get nothing you get full hookups access to the swimming pool across the road. The owner give a 1/2 off discount to people that have a senior park pass. WiFi is available in the resort across the street but not in the RV section. They have been trying to get it but the state will not let them. Gas is available but diesel is not at this location. - Gilbert & Gail
The campground is actually just a gravel parking lot with full hookups. No trees, tables, etc. However, the views are lovely and it was very quiet when we were there. The NPS "campground" is right next door and is the same flat gravel lot but with NO hookups. You check in at the front desk of the hotel across the street. The staff everywhere we went were helpful and nice...it seemed like they all liked being in this desolate region and were full of helpful sightseeing tips.
There isn't much in Stovepipe Wells, but it has what you need - gas and food. The bar served excellent beer and had somewhat decent wifi reception. However, don't count on being able to get much WiFi reception anywhere in DV! We liked the location as we were able to use it as a base to see and explore the northern part of the park. There is a NPS Ranger station nearby. - alm
I know it would have been helpful for me to understand the situation at Stovepipe Wells before I got there, so I will start with that. There is a motel/cabins with bar, restaurant, gift shop and pool on the south side of Highway 190. On the other side is a general store and gas station, NPS campground (which is a big parking lot with marked spaces and curbs surrounded by desert and fabulous views of the mountains). Between the store and the NPS parking lot is a smaller parking lot with 14 long pull-through spaces side-by-side close together. All this is in the middle of Death Valley with the nearest outpost about 25 miles away at Furnace Creek. We really liked staying here and think it is one of the bargains of Death Valley. For $16 (using the US senior discount card) you get full hookups, access to the very nice pool, and fabulous views front and back. In the NPS campground, you get basically the same views, probably more space (it was never more than 40% full the whole week we were there), generator noise, no pool (unless you pay for a pass) and no hook ups for a bit less cost. Staying in this area is much quieter and darker than at Furnace Creek and closer to some very nice and less-visited sites (sand dunes, Mosaic Canyon, Aguerreberry Point, the Eureka mine, Titus Canyon, Marble Canyon and others. We stayed at both places and each has its merits, but if you want to experience more of the quiet and solitude of Death Valley, Stovepipe Wells is a great place to do it. - MrSunshine
Giant gravel lot. No hook-ups, no shade. Basically just a place to park. - Wereapair
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
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
Gravel parking lot with mostly level sites. Our favorite choice for this area of Death valley. Mostly quiet here although we parked close to the gas station which receives 'noisy' fuel deliveries at 5:30 a.m. Great golf course right across the street too. - SKP
The rate reflects a 50% discount with a Senior Pass. This campground is basically a large parking lot in the desert. The only reason that it gets a high rating is because it is in beautiful Death Valley National Park. It is just across the street from Furnace Creek campground, which is a little nicer with some trees and picnic tables at each site. Sunset does not take reservations. There is a dump station and fresh drinking water. There is also a restroom with flush toilets, but there are no showers. The campground is open from October through April. Satellite is not a problem since there are no trees. We were surprised that our Verizon phone worked; there is a cell tower at Furnace Creek. However, our Verizon data card did not work. The Visitor Center is a short walk away, and there are restaurants and a small (very expensive) store. There is also a gas station with very expensive gasoline and propane. Since we love Death Valley, we would definitely stay here again. - TheJim
Camping at Sunset is essentially boondocking, but with lots of neighbors and nearby amenities: a water source, clean and tidy restrooms with flush toilets, and one dump station. With no hookups, you depend on your rig's "consumables:" water, battery power, propane, and waste storage. But you can lug water a couple hundred yards in jerry cans, you can run your generator to recharge the batteries, and use the restrooms to minimize the impact on your black tank. We stayed here 4 days without having to move the rig to the dump station--primarily by dumping dishwater down the toilet: grey water storage turned out to be the limiting factor. Easy walking distance to the services at Furnace Creek, and impressive views of the mountains add to the appeal of Sunset Campground. The lack of hookups gets you closer to "camping" after all. Great experience. (The "no" answer about clean showers indicates there are no showers--not that they're unclean.) - Dick B.
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
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
Rating is for what we expected. This is a gravel parking lot. You get an aluminum picnic table and a fire ring. The sites are large and pretty level. The surrounding desert scenery is beautiful. The night skies are amazing but is still just a parking lot. If you are expecting anything else you will be disappointed. Generators are allowed right now because many of the other campgrounds are closed. We would return. - BC Wanderer