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“Typical National Parks facility - only one bookable in advance though there” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Furnace Creek Resort & Fiddler's Campground

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“Typical National Parks facility - only one bookable in advance though there”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Furnace Creek campground is good enough and spread out well. It's well located for most day trips out to the rest of the national park for sure. Being the only one bookable in advance, even in November (not Thanksgiving weekend) by about 4pm it was almost fully-booked; so be warned. There are two others operating on a first come first served basis though and they had stacks of space all night. Of those, take the top of the two. The first is ghastly, almost like a parking lot.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We had a great site and our fellow campers were great except for the one wacko who was compelled to 1) violate flag etiquette by flying an un-illuminated flag after sunset and 2) play both America the Beautiful and then taps on a trumpet!! After others in the campground expressed their displeasure, he finally shut up and a peaceful evening was had by all.

We much preferred the location to Mesquite Springs as far as being centrally located.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2011

Furnace Creek is hand's down the best campground within Death Valley National Park. Centrally located, which makes day trips out to the rest of the park easy. Rangers and campground Hosts were very friendly. Bathrooms are basic, but clean. No lights in the bathrooms at night, so make sure to bring a flashlight.

I highly reccommend reserving a site next to the trees, otherwise the wind (up to 65 mph at night) and sun during the day can be brutal. We had site # 114 and I would definately reserve that same spot again.

Showers are available at Furnace Creek Ranch, which is just down the road. $5 gets you a ticket to use the pool and showers. When we were there, they only let campers use the pool after 5pm and only sold 70 tickets per day.

Gas was $5.40 a gallon at Furnace Creek on 4/06/11. Since we wanted to visit Rhyolite ghost town anyways, we just drove a bit further up the road to Beatty, NV for gas. Saved about a $1.20 gallon. And then hit Titus Canyon on the way back.

Still some construction noise from the Vistor Center rebuild. Mainly just the beep, beep, beep of the trucks backing up.

If you go, make sure to do the Artist's Drive. Simply breathtaking!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2011

We spent three nights at site 39 which provided a decent amount of shade for hiding the tent (stayed in the tent-only loop). Fire pit and grill provided, and campsite clean and well-managed. Bathroom nearby, but only three stalls and two sinks. No hot water or showers. Have to go to Inn for that...$5 per person. Only frustration was the construction crews building new visitor center. They start at 6 a.m., so waking up slowly to peaceful view of the mountains was not an option. But glad to know a new center is coming for everyone to enjoy.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2010

Loved this place, Death Valley was a real surprise to us as there is so much to see here. The campground is right in the centre, so very hot, but you can go out early morning or early evening and see salt flats, sand dunes, marble lined canyons, wildflowers etc. There's lots of wildlife, particularly around the sand dunes, with fascinating snake trails on the sand. We had regular visits from a roadrunner to our pitch who seemed to have fallen in love with his reflection in our car's rear window. Also desert rodents, owls and rabbits. The campsite is great for star gazing. If you are tent camping, pick a tent only site as you will get some much needed shade. Also, bring a tarpaulin or gazebo so you can create your own shade as it is very hot here in the day. No showers on the camp, though running water in the toilet block - drive to Stovepipe Wells and ask at the lodge for a day ticket for the pool and showers (about $4) and you'll get a decent hot shower and a nice cool swim with some shade too. Try and arrive with enough petrol/gas to get you out the park again as fuel is VERY expensive (over $4 per gallon) Reasonable priced fuel in Pahrump (70 miles out towards Vegas) Wifi available at the Visitor Centre next door to campground, but quite weak signal - don't rely on it.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Swampscott, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2010

Our family enjoyed four wonderful nights camping at the NPS Furnace Creek campground. This is the only campground that accepts reservations in Death Valley, and is the nicest by far. Lots of pretty trees and shrubs, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The toilets are clean and well maintained, but there are no showers. You can pay for showers at the resort next door if you wish. The Visitor Center is a two minute walk away, and they offer a lot of excellent programs to enjoy. Wonderful hiking and views to be enjoyed throughout the park. We were there in Spring and so enjoyed all the magnificent wildflowers and the pupfish in Salt Water Creek as well. I would definately recommmend Death Valley as a family camping destination.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2010

Nice, clean, quiet campground with ample space. Lots of wildlife. Near the visitors center. Very nice staff.

Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Furnace Creek Resort & Fiddler's Campground
Address: Highway 190, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Location: United States > California > Death Valley National Park
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Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Death Valley National Park
Number of rooms: 129
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Furnace Creek Campground Hotel Death Valley National Park

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