• icon-facebook
  • icon-twitter
  • icon-linkedin
  • icon-pinterest
  • icon-youtube
  • icon-instagram

Death Valley National Park California

Death Valley National Park Overview

Death Valley National Park is the hottest, lowest, and driest place in the United States. Daytime temperatures have topped 130 °F (54 °C). It is also home to Badwater Basin, the lowest elevation in North America at -282 below sea level.

The park is home to a diversity of colorful canyons, desolate badlands, shifting sand dunes and sprawling mountains,. There are also over 1000 species of plants populate this geologic region. Additional points of interest include salt flats, ghost towns, historic mines, and springs.

Camping options include backcountry, primitive and development campgrounds. Furnance Creek Campground (136 campsites / 18 with hookups) takes reservations and usually fills up in the spring and fall months.  Sunset (270 sites), Texas Springs (92 sites) and Stovepipe Wells (190 sites) are the three other large developed campgrounds. More primitive and remote campgrounds include Mesquite Spring (30 sites), Emigrant (10 tent only sites), Wildrose (23 sites), Thorndike (6 sites) and Mahogany Flat (10 sites). Panamint City ghost town is also a popular backcountry camping destination for backpackers. It requires a 5.5 mile hike (3,675′ elevation gain) through beautiful Surprise Canyon.

Death Valley National Park – Outdoor Recreation & Activities

Outdoor recreation includes backpacking, hiking, exploring backcountry roads, OHVing, picnicking, stargazing, biking and horseback riding. Wildlife viewing is also popular. There are also many historic ghost towns and other sites to visit.

You can also see more information at the National Park Service website.

  • Amphitheater
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campfire Center
  • Campground Host
  • Campsite Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Pit
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood Available
  • Grills
  • Grocery Store
  • Group Camping
  • Park Interpreter
  • Pay Phone
  • Pets OK
  • Picnic Tables
  • Ranger Station
  • Restrooms (Flush Toilets, Vault Toilets)
  • Visitor Center
  • Archeological Sites
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Mountain Biking
  • Museum
  • Nature Programs
  • Nature Trails
  • Photography
  • Picnicking
  • Sand Dunes
  • Stargazing
  • Visitor Center
  • Walking Trails
  • Wilderness Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
Death Valley, California 92328
760 786-3200
Campsite Types
  • ADA
  • Group
  • Lodge
  • Motel
  • Primitive
  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

Year Round

Death Valley National Park Campgrounds