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Death Valley National Park, CA

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Death Valley National Park, CA

RV Rentals for Death Valley National Park

Death Valley is a special place, enchanting with its vistas of desert and mountain landscapes. It is a spot of a particular kind of beauty and wonder. Exploring this unusual national park is an adventure for the whole family. An RV vacation to Death Valley is the ideal way to really experience this challenging land in comfort.

RV Camping at Death Valley National Park, CA



You can park your RV motorhome within the park boundaries so you can walk out your front door ready to start the day in earnest. The campgrounds listed here are the favorites for RV travelers.


Stovepipe Wells RV Park (concession-run):

  • Full-hookup RV sites
  • General store
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi access

Panamint Springs Resort (privately owned):

  • Full-hookup RV sites
  • 30 and 50 amp electrical
  • Fire pits
  • Picnic tables
  • Water only sites available
  • Showers

Furnace Creek:

  • Open all year
  • Water
  • Tables
  • Fire pits
  • Flush toilets
  • Dump station

Sunset Campground:

  • Open October to April
  • Water
  • Flush toilets
  • Dump station

Texas Spring Campground:

  • Open October to April
  • Water
  • Tables
  • Fire pits
  • Flush toilets
  • Dump station

Your First Trip to Death Valley


On your first trip to Death Valley National Park, you will certainly be reminded of the prospectors of olden times and the famous Twenty Mule Teams. Sweet memories they are, but nothing like the reality of the desert as you will see it today. No matter the time of year, it is a fascinating place, filled with wildlife, signs of Native Americans who made this place their home and the mining camps that soon disappeared.


The extremes of the park are well worth noting, as it has them all – driest, lowest and hottest. Summer heat can make the area intolerable. The cold at the peaks of the mountains is too cold for most. Yet the pleasures are many. Vast fields of wildflowers will bloom with the odd rainstorm that blows in. Birds of all kinds add a special beauty to the dreary stretches of desert.


Birding is why many come to this region, as there is a long list of birds that come during spring or fall migration, and many more that nest right here in the Death Valley. The best places to go to see the largest variety of birds are Furnace Creek Ranch, Wildrose and Scotty’s Castle.


Things to Do in Death Valley National Park


Below are only a few of the areas into which the park is divided and a handful of spots within each area that you should make a point to visit.


Furnace Creek Area – Furnace Creek Area has a long list of places to go and things to see. Some of these are:

  • Golden Canyon for hiking
  • Artist’s Drive for scenic driving
  • Natural Bridge to see a gigantic rock spanning a desert canyon
  • Zabriskie Point to see colorful badlands
  • Dante’s View to discover the most breathtaking mountain overlook in the entire park

Stovepipe Wells Area – Stovepipe Wells is another area of the park with many interesting sights. Some of these are:

  • Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, particularly in the moonlight
  • Salt Creek to see the rare pupfish
  • Mosaic Canyon to marvel at the polished marble walls
  • Titus Canyon to explore the deep narrow canyon and see bighorn sheep

Scotty’s Castle Area – Exploration of this area of Death Valley National Park will provide an in-depth view of some of the history of the park. You may want to visit:

  • Eureka Dunes to see amazing dunes rising up almost 700 feet
  • Scotty’s Castle to see this elaborate mansion by taking a living history tour
  • Ubehebe Crater which was created by a huge volcanic explosion
  • The Racetrack where mysterious forces cause rocks to slide across the lakebed

Hiking – There are marvelous hiking trails throughout the park for all levels of ability. Some of them are:

  • Golden Canyon Interpretive Trail – easy, two miles roundtrip through a lovely canyon
  • Gower Gulch Loop – moderately difficult, four miles roundtrip into colorful canyons and badlands
  • Desolation Canyon – moderately difficult, three miles roundtrip into the badlands via a narrow canyon
  • Natural Bridge Canyon – easy, two miles roundtrip and only a half mile to a natural bridge

Where to Find More Information for your Trip


The Death Valley National Park website will give you all the information you need about fees to enter the park, the best time of year to go and much more. The full list of hiking trails in the park is on the Death Valley National Park hiking page. You will find links to nearby Chamber of Commerce websites and other nearby attractions on the National Park’s Nearby Attractions page.


El Monte RV Locations near Death Valley National Park


The Las Vegas El Monte RV location is the closest to Death Valley National Park, only about a two-hour drive. You can fly into McCarran International Airport (LAS), pick up your RV rental in Las Vegas and head out for a marvelous desert adventure. Call us today at (888) 337-2214 to reserve your RV and get tips on travel from our experts.


Please note:  Travel in Death Valley is not permitted in July and August. In June and September travel is permitted, however, customer is fully responsible for any and all mechanical problems and/or towing. Ground temperatures can reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit or 60 degrees Celsius.



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