Trip · 3-day camping trip
For · Friends and new campers
Vibe · Relaxing and chill
Reservations · Yes, book a site at Furnace Creek Campground
Drive · 4.5 hours from LA
Ideal dates · October to April
Pets · Welcome at camp, but not on trails
Death Valley National Park (DVNP) is a land of extremes: It's the largest national park in the country outside of Alaska at over 3.4 million acres. It's home to Badwater Basin: the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. Death Valley was the hottest place on Earth ever when it reached 134 degrees Fahrenheit in July 1913! Most importantly, it's an ideal place for desert camping during the winter. From salt flats to sand dunes, Death Valley is a fascinating departure from the everyday.
Official National Park Website
Download Park Visitor's Guide
Main image credit: Nate Rickert
Each campsite comes with a:
Death Valley NP has nine campgrounds: Furnace Creek, Sunset, Texas Springs, Stovepipe Wells, Mesquite Spring, Emigrant, Wildrose, Thorndike, and Mahogany Flat. Furnace Creek is the only campground that can be reserved ahead of time. All others are first-come, first-serve. You won't find hot showers at any of the campgrounds, but there is drinking water and toilets at most (Emigrant, Thorndike and Mahogany Flat do not!).
Check-in: After 1 PM · Check-out: Before 2 PM
Nightly Rate: $22
In 1933, President Herbert Hoover established Death Valley National Monument and it became a national park in 1994
The Timbisha tribe lived in Death Valley for a millennia. They named the area "tümpisa", which means "rock paint
In 1849, pioneers prospecting for gold gave the CA valley its English name, "Death Valley," after 13 people died during an early expedition
Imagine a sleeping pad, bag, and blanket all in one. It takes some getting used to, but people love it.
Cuddle with your partner to the max in this spacious sleeping bag, primarily designed for couples.
It's not the fairest of them all, but this affordable sleeping bag delivers on warmth and comfort.
Whether you're a couple or prefer to sleep like a queen, this spacious air mattress will keep you warm at night.
This self-inflating mattress weighs 5+ pounds, but it's comfy enough to forget you're sleeping on the ground.
A soft, comfy jacket that comes in a variety of colors. Wear it in the city or the trail.
A dreamy, colorful sweater to sport around camp and on chillier day hikes.
This mineral-based sunscreen is good for the envrionment and your skin. It's water resistant too.
You don't have to sacrifice color for SPF protection. Look and feel good while protecting your lips.
Campers can use this pot and pan cookset while car camping or backpacking in the woods.
This 4-person cookset comes with a stainless steel cooking pot, pan, lids, plates, bowls, utensils, and more.
When a campground is short of sinks, bring your own. Clean your dirty dishes in this expandable bin.
This expensive stove is for campers who want compact, portability, and performance all in one.
A reliable, popular, and relatively affordable dual-burner camping stove that is fairly heavy, but performs well.
Add a little magic to your experience by hanging these twinkling lights around your tent every night.
These bluetooth speakers are portable and loud enough to help everyone get into the groove.
An affordable day pack for bringing snacks, sunglasses, and water on your next day hike.
You can bet some snuggling is happening when you bring this chair to camp. No complaints though.
Sturdy, reliable, well-designed, and more expensive than most camp chairs, but it'll last for awhile.
Sometimes you just want a camp chair that gets the job done. Nothing glamorous or fancy. Well, this is it.
Sleepover! This is a tent you can stand up in and have plenty of space for air mattresses, doggos, and more.
This was Popular Mechanics "Gear of the Year" winner, and it won Outdoor Retailer's Innovations Awards. NBD.