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Best Campgrounds in Death Valley

You’ll need a high-clearance or 4X4 vehicle to reach these locations. To find out where you can camp in the backcountry, pick up a copy of the backcountry map at the visitor center, or check the website www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/camping.htm.

You can only build fires in the metal fire grates that are available at most campgrounds, though fires may be restricted in summer (check with rangers about current conditions). Wood gathering is prohibited at all campgrounds. A limited supply of firewood is available at general stores in Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells, but because prices are high and supplies limited, you're better off bringing your own if you intend to camp. Camping is prohibited in the historic Inyo, Los Burro, and Ubehebe Crater areas, as well as all day-use spots, including Aguerberry Point Road, Cottonwood Canyon Road, Racetrack Road, Skidoo Road, Titus Canyon Road, Wildrose Road, and West Side Road.

Furnace Creek. This campground, 196 feet below sea level, has some shaded tent sites and is open all year. Hwy. 190, Furnace Creek 800/365–2267.

Mahogany Flat. If you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle and want to scale Telescope Peak, the park's highest mountain, you might want to sleep at one of the few shaded spots in Death Valley, at a cool 8,133 feet. Off Wildrose Rd., south of Charcoal Kilns No phone.

Panamint Springs Resort. Part of a complex that includes a motel and cabin, this campground is surrounded by cottonwoods. The daily fee includes use of the showers and restrooms. Hwy. 190, 28 miles west of Stovepipe Wells 775/482–7680.

Sunset Campground. This first-come, first-served campground is a gravel-and-asphalt RV city. Sunset Campground Rd., 1 mile north of Furnace Creek 800/365–2267.

Texas Spring. This campsite south of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center has good views and facilities and is a few dollars cheaper than Furnace Creek. Off Badwater Rd., south of Furnace Creek Visitor Center 800/365–2267.

Updated: 2014-03-07

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