RVing in Death Valley

With the last lake in the Death Valley National Park having dried up around 3,000 years ago, this national park truly lives up to its name. One of the most adventurous of RVing trips, RVing in Death Valley National Park is a power-packed trip with hiking, sightseeing and surviving the great deserts like that of Mojave.

Make sure to take a look at this itinerary for before starting out your trip on RVing to Death Valley.

June Klein shares the experience of RVing in Death Valley National Park

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1Mosaic Canyon

Mosaic Canyon is located on the Northwestern side of the NP and is a sought after place for many hikers, owing to its narrow, daring trails. Mosiac canyon in named after a stream-derived breccia sediment with angular blocks of dolomite in a pebbly matrix.

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2Furnace Creek

Infamous globally as the place that holds the highest recorded air temperature that was reliable at 134 °F. It has a total of 136 sites for RV Camping.

3Artist’s Drive

Rising to the peak of the alluvial fan that runs into the Black Mountains, Artist’s Drive is a spectacular drive formation with diverse rock colors around you. Artist’s Drive has an area with kaleidoscopic rock colors in hues of red, blue, yellow and pink, called the Artist’s Palette.

4Dante’s View

From Dante’s View one can see the central part of Death Valley from a vantage point 5,500 feet (1,700 m) above sea level. This is the greatest topographic relief in the conterminous U.S.

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Bob Howells on RVing in Death Valley

Death Valley has 12 campgrounds—nine operated by the park service as well as three private campgrounds. With the exception of Furnace Creek Campground in the heart of Death Valley, all park service campgrounds are first-come, first-served. Furnace Creek accepts reservations through www.recreation.gov. For holiday periods in winter and spring, be sure to make reservations or arrive early to get a site.

Don’t expect shady campsites strewn with pine needles. You might get a scrap of shade from a mesquite tree, but for the most part, Death Valley campsites are open and exposed. The exceptions are the two high-country campgrounds in the Panamint Mountains—Thorndike and Mahogany Flat. But those campground require high clearance and sometime four-wheel drive to reach.

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As Death Valley is a sought after bucket-list destination for most RVers, you must make sure to reserve as early as 12 months prior, to get a campsite by the time you want. Another notorious fact about Death Valley is that it is the driest and the hottest region in North America.

Have you ever been to Death Valley? We would love to hear all about your daring RVing experience.