LodgingThere are four in-park lodging facilities in Death Valley National Park:
- Furnace Creek Inn This inn is part of the Furnace Vally Resort, which also encompasses the Furnace Creek Ranch up the road. It is the more up-scale of the two, with 66 rooms and full amenities. Rates range from $345-$460 per room, it's closed during Summer and it houses the fancy Furnace Creek Inn Dining Room.
- Furnace Creek Ranch This establishment is the ranch-style family-oriented version of the above Inn, with 224 rooms and rates ranging from $130-$215, depending on the season and type of room. Onsite are the Wrangler Steakhouse, 49'er Cafe, Wrangler Buffet and Corkscrew Saloon.
- Stovepipe Wells Village Motel-style lodging in Stovepipe Wells. The rooms are not fancy, and the running water in some rooms is not potable, but it is a perfectly comfortable and convenient place to stay. Rates tend to be cheaper than at Furnace Creek (rooms start from $80) so book ahead.
- Panamint Springs Resort Located at the park's western border on CA 190, this "resort" is the most economical lodging option with small and out-dated rooms for $79 to $149. There is also a gas station, restaurant, campsites and an RV campground.
The closest options outside the park are:
- Dow Villa Motel A good motel in Lone Pine, California, a small town about 55 miles from Panamint Springs at the park's mid-westerm border. Rooms from $102 a night.
- Amargosa Opera House Located in the town of Death Valley Junction by the park's eastern border is this historic hotel and theatre. It has been running for 40 years, so the rooms are a bit shabby, but often have pretty painted murals adorning their walls. It’s a bit of an icon of the dessert but don’t expect luxury! Rooms are about $80 a night, check the website for show listings.
- Beatty Motel 6 There are two other motels in Beatty (in Nevada just outside the park's mid-eastern border), but this one is the newest and cleanest. Rooms from about $55 if you book well in advance.
- Shoshone Village Located in the small town of Shoshone at the parks south-eastern tip, this motel "complex" has an inn, campsites, RV campground, general store, restaurant and airstrip. Rooms are about $85.
The following campsites are Public sites and run by the National Parks Service. To book a campsite the reservation phone number is +1 877 444 6777 and the reservation website address is www.recreation.gov.
- Furnace Creek Campground (Open year round) Located 196 feet below sea level, Furnace Creek has 136 sites with water, tables, fireplaces, flush toilets and dump station. No showers, but nearby Furnace Creek Ranch offers pool and shower access for $5 per day. Fees are $18 per night during the Winter season and $12 a night during the Summer.
- Texas Spring Campground (Closed in Summer) Located at sea level in Furnace Creek, Texas Spring has 92 sites with water, tables, fireplaces, flush toilets and dump station. It has first-come first-served self registration and fees are $14 per night.
- Sunset Campground (Closed in Summer) Located in Furnace Creek at 190 feet below sea level, Sunset has 270 sites with water, flush toilets and dump station. No fires are allowed. Camp fees are $12 per night.
- Mesquite Spring Campground (Open year round) Located three miles from Scotty's Castle on Mesquite Rd at 1,800 feet elevation, it has 30 sites with water, tables, fireplaces, flush toilets and dump station. Camp fees are $12 a night.
- Stovepipe Wells Campground (Closed in Summer) Located at sea level, Stovepipe Wells has 190 sites with water, tables, fireplaces, flush toilets and dump station. Camp fees are $12 per night.
- Stovepipe Wells RV Campground (Open year round) Managed by the Stovepipe Wells Village, it has 14 sites with full hook-ups and no tables or fireplaces. A swimming pool and showers are available. No Reservations, first come first served, and the sites are $30 a night.
- Wildrose Campground (Open year round) Located at 4,100 feet in the Wildrose Canyon on Charcoal Kiln Road, it has 23 sites, tables, fireplaces and pit toilets. Drinking water is available during the Spring, Summer and Fall. The weather is less stifling at this higher elevation and it's a quieter setting than the more populated areas. Wildrose has no camp fees.
- Thorndike Campground (Closed in Winter) Located at 7,400 feet in the Panamint Mountains beyond Wildrose Canyon on Charcoal Kiln Road, Thorndike has six sites, tables, fireplaces (sometimes prohibited) and pit toilets. It is accessible to high clearance vehicles only and a 4WD may be necessary. Thorndike has no camp fees.
- Mahogany Flat Campground (Closed in Winter) Located at 8,200 feet in the Panamint Mountains just beyond Thorndike, it has 10 sites, tables, fireplaces and pit toilets. It is accessible to high clearance vehicles only and a 4WD may be necessary. Mahogany Flat has no camp fees.
Backcountry camping is allowed two miles away from any developed area, paved road or "day use only" area. Due to the rough dirt roads, backcountry roadside camping is generally only accessible to visitors with high clearance or 4-wheel drive vehicles, or well-equipped mountain bikes.