Sunset Campground

Death Valley National Park

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Highway 190
Death Valley, CA 92328
760-786-3200
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GPS: 36.4575, -116.8621

Last Price Paid: $12
Number of Sites: 270
Pad Type: dirt
Open Seasonally: Oct-April
Elevation: -240 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

2 people have reviewed this location.

Ratings Summary

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise

Cell Phone Coverage

2bars
Verizon 3G
4bars
AT&T 3G
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Scott
Sisters, OR
36 Winnebago Journey
2014 Jeep Wrangler
51 reviews
Nightly rate: $12
Days stayed: 4

Scott would stay here again

“Parking lot with a view”

Reviewed Nov 15, 2016

Overall Rating

We stayed in the overflow area which we ended up liking more than the main area. We chose one of the busier weeks of the 49er Encampment but it wasn't too bad in the overflow area. Our solar was cranking so we only ran our generator a few times to cool off after a couple of 95 degree days.

No internet on Verizon but extended network voice.

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Ron & Sarah
Denver, CO
25 Airstream Flying Cloud
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
10 reviews
Nightly rate: $12
Days stayed: 30

Ron & Sarah would stay here again

“Decent unless busy”

Reviewed Mar 21, 2016

Overall Rating

No frills, no fire rings, no picnic tables, no hookups, but, and this is the most important part, no reservations!

The Sunset campground (or, if you will, glorified parking lot) isn't nearly as nice as the Furnace Creek campground across the street (reservations only during peak season), or the Texas Spring campground up the hill (which primarily for tent campers but has a few spots for RVs), but it is always the easiest one to find a spot during the busy seasons in the park in Furnace Creek, and thus is quite appealing to the non-planners among us.

Death Valley National Park is one of my favorite places on the planet, and Furnace Creek makes an excellent base camp for seeing some of the most beautiful parts of the park (the badlands at Zabriskie Point, Twenty Mule Team Canyon, and Artists Drive; The salt flats at Badwater, the Mesquite Flat sand dunes near Stovepipe wells, and much more).

There are liberal generator hours (7AM to 9PM when we were there), and the campground as a result can be quite loud. There is also (usually) liberal sunshine so our solar panel did just fine for us. The road noise was tolerable and was a non-issue except for the handful of times a caravan of motorcycles drove by.

There is a dump station/water fill in the campground, and there are no other water spigots besides the one at the dump station. There are restrooms scattered throughout and they were all clean. Many sites are quite large and are effectively pull-thru. Showers can be purchased across the street in Furnace Creek (last we used them, $6 will get you access to the shower and pool for 24 hours).

In theory there is a 30 day annual stay limit but this does not appear to be enforced nor enforceable unless you stay more than 30 consecutive days. You pay by credit card at one of a handful of kiosks throughout the campground.

As of March 2016, AT&T offers much better service than Verizon. When it is moderately busy, the Verizon tower is easily overwhelmed, when it is super busy (as it was on the weekend during the super bloom earlier this year), the AT&T tower can be overwhelmed as well, though we only saw that happen once during about 6 weeks of staying in Death Valley. Note that if you have a pre-paid plan on AT&T it will not work here as it is a roaming tower (so you will need a monthly subscription plan on AT&T to use it, we found that out the hard way).

Pahrump, NV (which has two grocery stores and a Wal-Mart) is an hour away, so stock up beforehand. The little general store in Furnace Creek has some essentials but limited selection.

The food quality at the Furnace Creek restaurants varies considerably even within the same week for the same meal, but the staff are friendly, and you can easily walk to them (and the Visitor Center) from the campground.

The post office at Furnace Creek can accept FedEx and UPS deliveries (go inside and ask them for details).

When the campground is almost full, they will open the two overflow sections (a smaller "Overflow X" lot located right by the campground entrance, and a gigantic overflow area near the dump station). These areas are much less busy and noisy, but they will quickly shut them down once the main campground has availability. This is an annoying NPS policy, I would much prefer the overflow areas to be open all the time, rather than forcing everyone to be packed close together in the main campground.

We actually enjoyed this campground quite a bit when it wasn't busy (once in the Overflow X lot before they kicked us out, and then in the primary campground area when there were only a handful of people in mid January before the super bloom), and you can't beat the location.

Access
Location
Cleanliness
Site Quality
Noise
4bars
AT&T 3G
2bars
Verizon 3G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com


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Death Valley National Park - Away We Winnebago

Our quest for sun took us to the hottest, driest, and lowest point in North America. Death Valley did not disappoint with clear skies and the temperature hitting the 90’s at a our camp in Furnace...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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