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Death Valley National Park

Google Map Coordinates: Latitude: 36.230179 / Longitude: -116.767288

There are 9 campgrounds in Death Valley National Park. Furnace Creek is the only one that takes reservations. Reservations for the Furnace Creek Campground and group sites are available by calling 1-877-444-6777 or online at http://www.recreation.gov. All other National Park campgrounds are first-come-first-served.

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 the group sites at the Furnace Creek Campground. The two group sites are limited to a maximum of 40 people and 10 vehicles each. No recreational vehicles may be parked at the group sites. There is a maximum limit of 4 pets per campsite and pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.

Generator hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., unless otherwise posted. These hours are chosen to accommodate the needs of the wide variety of people who use Death Valley's campgrounds. Generators are prohibited in Texas Spring Campground.

RVs: The National Park Service campgrounds do not provide hookups for recreational vehicles. RV hookups are only available at the concession-run Stovepipe Wells RV Park and the privately owned Panamint Springs resort.

CampgroundSeasonElevationSitesWaterTablesFirepitsToiletsDump Station
Furnace Creek all year -196' 136 yes yes yes flush yes
Sunset Oct-Apr -196' 270 yes no no flush yes
Texas Spring Oct-Apr sea level 92 yes yes yes flush yes
Stovepipe Wells Oct-Apr sea level 190 yes some some flush yes
Mesquite Spring all year 1800' 30 yes yes yes flush yes
Emigrant (tents only) all year 2100' 10 yes yes no flush yes
Wildrose all year 4100' 23 yes yes no pit no
Thorndike* Mar-Nov 7400' 6 no yes yes pit no
Mahogany Flat* Mar-Nov 8200' 10 no yes yes pit no
* Accessible to high clearance vehicles only. 4-wheel drive may be necessary.
Location – Directions

Death Valley National Park is transected from east to west by California Highway 190. On the east in Nevada, U.S. Route 95 parallels the park from north to south with connecting highways at Scotty's Junction (State Route 267), Beatty (State Route 374), and Lathrop Wells (State Route 373). South of the park, Interstate 15 passes through Baker, California on its way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. State Route 127 travels north from Baker to Shoshone and Death Valley Junction with connections to the park on State Route 178 from Shoshone and connection with California Highway 190 at Death Valley Junction.

From Las Vegas

Shortest Route (120 miles / 2 hours)

  1. From Interstate 15 South , EXIT on NV Hwy 160 West
  2. Drive 60 miles to Pahrump, Nevada. TURN LEFT on Bell Vista Road (3 miles north of Hwy 372)
  3. Drive 30 miles to Death Valley Junction, California. TURN RIGHT on CA Hwy 127.
  4. Drive about 300 feet. TURN LEFT on CA Hwy 190.
  5. Drive 30 miles to Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

Easiest Route (145 miles / 2.5 hours)

  1. From Interstate 15, EXIT on Hwy 95 North.
  2. Drive 90 miles to Lathrop Wells, Nevada. TURN LEFT on NV Hwy 373 (becomes CA Hwy 127)
  3. Drive 25 miles to Death Valley Junction, California. TURN RIGHT on CA Hwy 190.
  4. Drive 30 miles to Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

Ghost Town Route (160 miles / 3 hours)

  1. From Interstate 15, EXIT on Hwy 95 North.
  2. Drive 120 miles to Beatty, Nevada. TURN LEFT on NV Hwy 374.
  3. Drive 19 miles to Hells Gate. TURN LEFT on Beatty Cutoff Road.
  4. Drive 10 miles. TURN LEFT on CA Hwy 190.
  5. Drive 11 miles to Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

Park HQ Address

Points of Interest

Death Valley National Park has 3.4 million acres of desert and mountains, making it the largest national park in the contiguous United States. The possibilities for discovery are endless! These are just a few of the most popular points of interest in the park. Most are easily accessible, but some require hiking or driving on unpaved roads in a vehicle with high ground clearance. Before venturing out into the park, stop at the visitor center or a ranger station to obtain your park permit, get a map and to inquire about current road conditions.

Museums

Scotty's Castle & The Gas House Museum
Open All Year 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location - Scotty's Castle and the Gas House Museum are located at the north end of Death Valley National Park 53 miles from Furnace Creek and approximately 45 miles from Stovepipe Wells Village. From U.S. Route 95, 154 miles north of Las Vegas, it is 26 miles to Scotty's Castle on Nevada State Route 267.

Special Programs - The highlight of a visit to Scotty's Castle is the 50 minute long guided living history tour of the interior of the main house. The tours are first come first served on the day of the tour and the first tour starts at 9:00 a.m. Tickets are available at the Castle Ticket Office during the winter months and at the Gas House Museum during the summer. The last tour for the day starts at 5:00 p.m. and the grounds close for the day at 6:00 p.m. During the winter season, November through April, rangers present daily "grounds talks" on a variety of historical topics. Check at the Castle Ticket Office for titles and times. A self-guiding tour of the Castle grounds, including the Gas House, is available. Check at the Castle Ticket Office for information and guide booklet.

Exhibits - The Gas House Museum contains a new exhibit of artifacts from the Castle Collection. Exhibits cover the fascinating history of the Castle with special emphasis on the two personalities Death Valley Scotty and Albert Mussey Johnson.

Available Facilities - During the summer season, from April through October, the Gas House Museum is the ticket office for guided tours of Scotty's Castle. The Death Valley Natural History Association operates a book store in the Gas House Museum, with books and information on the story of Scotty's Castle and general information on Death Valley. A sandwich gas station, and gift store are also located on the Castle grounds.

Visitor Centers & Ranger Stations

Beatty Information Center
Open All Year
Phone - (775) 553-2200

Location - Beatty Information Center is located in the town of Beatty, Nevada on the U.S. Route 95 approximately 120 miles north of Las Vegas. Beatty is one of the eastern portals to Death Valley National Park.

Exhibits - The Beatty Information Center has exhibits about Death Valley natural history, cultural history, and scenic highlights.

Available Facilities - The Beatty Information Center has general information on all aspects of Death Valley and visiting Death Valley. There is an outlet of the Death Valley Natural History Association providing a wide range of materials on park history, wildlife, and scenic highlights.

Furnace Creek Visitor Center & Museum
Open All Year 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time
Phone - (760) 786-2331

Location - The visitor center is located in the Furnace Creek resort area on California highway 190. Furnace Creek is 30 miles from Death Valley Junction to the east, and 24 miles from Stovepipe Wells Village to the north and west.

Special Programs - A 12 minute long introductory slide program is shown every 30 minutes. During the winter season, November through April, rangers present a wide variety of walks, talks, and slide presentations about Death Valley cultural and natural history.

Exhibits - The visitor center has displays dealing with the geology, climate, wildlife and natural history of the park. There are also specific sections dealing with the human history and pioneer experience.

Available Facilities - The Furnace Creek Visitor Center is the main visitor information source for the park. There is a fully staffed information desk with information on all aspects of the park and its operation. The Death Valley Natural History Association maintains a well stocked book sales outlet specifically geared towards the natural and cultural history of the park.

Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station
Open All Year
Phone - (760) 786-2342

Location - Stovepipe Wells is located in the center of Death Valley 24 miles from the Furnace Creek resort area to the south and 80 miles from the town of Lone Pine on Highway 395 to the west.

Available Facilities - Stovepipe Wells Ranger Station provides general information and backcountry camping/hiking information and permits. Park entrance fees are collected here and there is a branch outlet of the Death Valley Natural History Association that provides useful informational books and maps.

Furnace Creek Ranch Resort
The Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort is situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley National Park, California - just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. This is one resort with two hotels - the historic, 4-diamond, 66 room Furnace Creek Inn and the more family oriented 224 room Furnace Creek Ranch.

This resort presents a complete contrast to the desolate desert landscape and consists of an oasis 18-hole golf course (the world's lowest course at 214 feet below sea level), four restaurants, a saloon, a cocktail lounge, retail outlets, a Borax Museum, spring-fed swimming pools, tennis courts, horseback riding, horse-drawn carriage rides, a children's playground, massage therapy, a 3,000 foot airstrip, a service station and conference and banquet facilities for 10 - 120. (Some services are available only on a seasonal basis.) Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort is the perfect vantage point from which to explore Death Valley National Park!

Special Note: The Furnace Creek Inn is available to guests from Mid-October through mid-May. From mid May through mid October all operations are consolidated at the Furnace Creek Ranch.