Sunset Campground opens for season

Sunset Campground opens for seasonSunset Campground in Death Valley National Park is now open, bringing the 10th of the park’s 12 sites back to operation.

“Texas Springs Campground and Stovepipe Wells Campground will remain closed until sufficient temporary National Park Service employees can be hired to keep them maintained,” said a spokesperson. “They will likely reopen sometime in November.”

Increasing numbers of campers are arriving in Death Valley as temperatures cool down, said an official.

Campground fees in the park vary. Emigrant, Wildrose, Thorndike, Mahogany Flat, Homestake, Saline Valley Warm Springs, and Eureka Dunes Campgrounds are free. Sites at Mesquite Spring, Stovepipe Wells, Texas Springs, Sunset and Furnace Creek Campground range from $14 to $22 per night. RV hookup sites at Furnace Creek Campground cost $36. Senior Pass holders get a discount.

All campgrounds are first-come, first-served, except Furnace Creek Campground. Reservations at Furnace Creek can be made four days to six months in advance at recreation.gov or 877-444-6777. Privately operated campgrounds include the Oasis at Death Valley, Stovepipe Wells and Panamint Springs.

Pictured: Visitors from around the globe camp in Death Valley. — Courtesy photo

Story First Published: 2019-10-18