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PAVING PROJECT: Furnace Creek Campground will be undergoing a paving project during the summer of 2014. Work in the area will require the campground to close for a few weeks. However, the Park will open Texas Springs Campground during that time period. We apologize for the inconvenience.

FURNACE CREEK, CA

part ofDeath Valley National Park, National Park Service
Photo: FURNACE CREEK
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Furnace Creek Campground is in a central location in Death Valley National Park. It is popular for RV and group camping; tent sites are also available. A visitor center, bike path, hiking trails and an abandoned borax mine are nearby.

Death Valley is one of the lowest areas of land on Earth; Furnace Creek is at an elevation of 196 ft. below sea level. The region is generally sunny, dry and clear throughout the year. Winter (November through March) is the park's peak season; temperatures are mild with occasional winter storms, and visitors should bring warm clothing and light or medium jackets. Summers are known for their extremely hot and dry conditions; temperatures can soar up to 120 degrees. Sun-protective clothing and a broad brimmed hat are recommended. Rainfall averages less than two inches per year.

Furnace Creek is the only campground in the park that takes reservations. Weekends over the winter holidays and spring break book up early; visitors should consider weekday reservations if their desired weekend is full.

Natural Features:

Death Valley has sunk below sea level through geologic processes over time. It lies within the Mojave Desert and is the hottest, driest and lowest location in North America. Yet despite its extreme conditions, the park boasts a diversity of ecosystems, including colorful badlands, snow-covered peaks, desolate sand dunes, rugged canyons and flat, dry basins called playas.

Furnace Creek is on the edge of a playa at the bottom of the valley floor. It is fairly open with sparse vegetation, though some sites do have trees that provide shade. The facility offers a wide view of the mountains to the east and west, which glow with hues of orange, red and yellow during sunrise and sunset.

Recreation:

Explorers of all ages can enjoy educational programs and exhibits at the visitor center adjacent to the campground. Birders may have luck spotting local and migratory birds around the campground and along Airport Road, especially in the cooler months. Visitors can access a paved bike path within the facility. Trails to a natural bridge, the Golden Canyon badlands and the salt flats of Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America, are a short drive away. Some of these attractions are reachable via a dirt road.

Facilities:

Furnace Creek has 136 campsites with drinking water, picnic tables, flush toilets and a dump station. RVs can get drinking water at the dump station, while tent campers can get it in the campground. Each site has either a campfire ring or grill. A campground host lives on the grounds during winter.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors can bike or walk along a one-mile bike path to an interpretive trail leading to the Harmony Borax Works, an abandoned borax refinery from the late 1800s. The Borax Museum is also nearby Furnace Creek Ranch.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Trails
  • Biking
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Host
  • Parking
  • Picnic Tables
  • RV Parking
  • Ranger Station
Within 10 Miles
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Museum
Know Before You Go
  • Gathering firewood is not permitted in the park
  • In addition to the camping fee, there is an entrance fee of $20 per vehicle per seven days
  • This facility is on a first-come, first-served basis from mid-April through mid-October
  • Coyotes and ravens frequent this area; visitors should avoid leaving pets or food unattended

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
36.46306, -116.86778
36°27'47"N, 116°52'4"W

Death Valley is in eastern California on the Nevada border, 130 miles west-northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and 106 miles east of Lone Pine, California. Furnace Creek Campground is a half-mile north of Furnace Creek Visitor Center on State Highway 190.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

FURNACE CREEK
P.O. Box 579
Death Valley  CA  92328

Phone Number:

Information:  (760)786-2441
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