An RV Trip to Death Valley
Where to Camp
There are many campgrounds in the area. Some are open only seasonally due to extreme temperatures. Furnace Creek, located next to the visitor’s center, has the most shaded sites and is centrally located to many of the hikes and drives. However, the Mesquite Spring campground and Stovepipe Wells campgrounds are nice as well.
Most offer only dry camping, but water and dump stations are available. However, there is an RV park with full hookups located at Stovepipe Wells Village.
What to see and do:
One article could barely scratch the surface of all there is to see and do in and around Death Valley National Park. I’ve listed some of my favorites below.
· Artist’s Drive is located a few miles south of the Furnace Creek Visitor Center and is a scenic nine mile drive.
· The Sand Dunes, located by Stovepipe Wells Village, are great for hiking and taking awesome photos.
· Devil’s Golf Course, comprised of unique salt sculptures, is just a short drive north of Badwater, the lowest point in the United States.
· Ubehebe Crater, created by a volcanic eruption over 1,000 years ago, has a spectacular hiking trail around the rim.
· If golfing is your game, you may want to tee off at Furnace Creek Golf Course, the lowest elevation golf course in the world.
· On the northern end of the park, visit Scotty's Castle, designed as a vacation retreat in 1922 for a wealthy Midwesterner.
· Once a thriving town of over 12,000 residents, Rhyolite ghost town has several remaining structures. It is located east of Death Valley on Highway 374 near the town of Beatty.
By the way, some of the roads in Death Valley are not easily accessible by car. So if you have an off-road vehicle, you'll be privy to sights that the rest of us cannot access (like The Racetrack). However, there are plenty of spots like those mentioned above that are all car-friendly that you shouldn't miss.
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