Furnace Creek Campground

Death Valley National Park


Death Valley


Furnace Creek Campground, Death Valley Natiional Park Campground, CA

Furnace Creek Campground

Death Valley National Park
Attractions and Activities

Death Valley is more than just the lowest point in the United States. The valley is surrounded with breathtaking peaks, fascinating geologic formations, and interesting attractions. Most visitors plan their trips to Death Valley for the cooler seasons. Summer is not the best time to come as temperatures can reach 120 degrees. Those who camp at Furnace Creek Campground most often use it as a base from which to explore the park.

  • Golden Canyon has a 2-mile round-trip trail or a 4-mile loop starting at Badwater Road.
  • Artist's Drive takes visitors through volcanic and sedimentary hills with amazing colors, especially nice late in the day.
  • The Devil's Golf Course is a expansive area of rock salt eroded by rain and wind into jagged spires.
  • Natural Bridge is huge rock span reached by a short ½-mile walk off Badwater Road.
  • Badwater is the lowest place in North America, 282 feet below sea level.
  • Harmony Borax Works includes adobe ruins and an old wagon trail left from the days of the Twenty Mule Teams.
  • Zabriskie Point overlooks eroded terrain and colorful badlands.
  • Scotty's Castle was built in the 1920s and today the park offers tours of the castle's richly furnished interior. (2015 floods damaged the castle and it will be closed until 2019.)

Key Furnace Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Generators may be operated between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
  2. Pets must be on leash and always attended. The limit is four.
  3. Gathering firewood is not permitted.

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Furnace Creek Campground

Furnace Creek Campground is near the center of Death Valley National Park. With extreme temperatures in the summer, most visitors choose to tour the park from October through April. Visitors at Furnace Creek Campground enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding area and are close enough to drive to some of the main features in the park. Badwater is the lowest point in North America. A nearby trail leads to the Harmony Borax Works.

Visitors should check with park officials at the visitor center for information about other attractions such as Scotty's Castle. Scotty's Castle was closed in 2015 due to flood damage and will remain closed until 2019. Some roads may also be closed. Death Valley Alerts and Conditions.

Furnace Creek Campground has 136 campsites. Of those, 18 have full hook-ups. Another 46 campsites are designated for tents only. Most of the sites are fairly exposed, however, there are some trees for shade. There are also 5 Group Campsites.

Furnace Creek Campground Basics
Furnace Creek Campground Location: Hwy. 190
Elevation: -196 feet
Mileage from Gateway City: Bakersfield - 226 miles
Las Vegas - 142 miles
Number of Sites: 136
Open - Closed: Open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 2 (or one RV)
Pets: On leash, always attended
Death Valley National Park: (760) 786-3200

Reservations at Furnace Creek Campground
Reservations available: From October 15 to April 15, otherwise first-come, first-served
Reservation window: from 4 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date
Camping Limit: 14 nights from October through May with 30 days total per year
Maximum RV/Trailer Length: 35 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #22, 49, 74, 77, 84, 115, 147, 149
Fees: Standard Sites: Oct. 15 to April 15, $22 per night
Standard Sites: April 16 to Oct. 14, $16 per night
RV Hook-up Sites: $36 per night year-round
Reservations: Furnace Creek Campground Reservations
Check-in, check-out: 1:00 PM, 12:00 PM

Furnace Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring with grill; some full hook-up sites
Campground: Flush toilets, tap water
Showers: No
Dump station: Yes
Campground Map: Furnace Creek Campground Map
Attractions near Furnace Creek Campground: Start with a tour of the Visitor Center. Find many hiking trails and mountain biking routes. Stop by the Borax Museum. Make a drive out to Badwater Basin. Yes, there is a golf course. Other favorite attractions include Golden Canyon, Artist's Drive, Stovepipe Wells, and Panamint Springs.

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

Furnace Creek Campground, Death Valley Natiional Park Campground, CA

Furnace Creek Group Campsite

Furnace Creek Group Campsites

Furnace Creek Campground includes 5 group, tents-only campsites. Three of the sites can accommodate up to 15 people and up to 3 vehicles. The other 2 campsites can accommodate up to 40 people and 10 vehicles. No campervans, RVs or pop-up tents are allowed. Only Site #5 allows the use of generators.
Fees: $25 or $52 per night
Reservations: Furnace Creek Group Campsite Reservations

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