Furnace Creek Campground, Death Valley National Park, Furnace Creek, California

With well over 100 sites, Furnace Creek Campground is not to be confused with the Xanterra-run Furnace Creek Resort, which is adjacent to this federally run campground. Offering the most amenities of any federal campground in the park, Furnace Creek has a dozen or so sites with full hookups and the remaining sites are dry camping. Temperatures here can vary greatly. Summer months are not visitor-friendly where nighttime temperatures might dip into the 90's and daytime temperatures are well over 100. Peak season is winter and spring, and temperatures can drop into the low 40's at night, with daytime temps around 80. Year round, star viewing is a premium in this designated International Dark Sky Park.
The hookup sites make planning around the weather a little easier.
Situated next door to Furnace Creek Resort, and across the street from two other fully dry camping federal campground, Sunset and Texas Spring (tents only), this campground offers a few sites with mesquite trees and all sites have a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains of the valley. With the bustling, touristy feel of the resort next door, we found this campground a nicer, quieter option, while still having the amenities of the resort (saloon, restaurant, gift shop, golf course, etc.). The park Visitor Center is easily reached via a walking path and a gas station is next to the campground as well. Death Valley National Park is the largest in size of all our National Parks, so having these conveniences nearby is a plus.
Large group sites and tent only sites are available as well. Site pads and interior roads are paved and level. Some sites are as long as 50 feet, allowing plenty of room for a dinghy vehicle if you have one.

Location
Best Sites: 10-15, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, 50-53
Poor Sites: 16, 27, 30, 34, 35, 48, 147, 148
Hookups: Full hookups at some sites; most sites are dry camping.
Potable Water: Yes
Dump Within Facility: Yes

1 comment:

Jon Vermilye said...

The lower section of Texas Spring is tent only, but the upper section has dry RV sites. Much nicer than Sunset...