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Posted: 01/31/21 02:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good Afternoon,

I'm planning a trip to Death Valley and never been in that area. I was wondering the best staging area to camp, preferably an hour or so outside the park? I have a 9 month old so would like to limit the miles from San Diego to the park (w/o the little one I would just drive all the way inside the park). We're open to boondocking or can check in to a campsite. Also, should I enter the park on the west or eastern side? Any general knowledge of the area would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance! I have an F150 with a Jayco Jayfeather.

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On the East The Pads Camping Free GPS N36° 20.351' W116° 36.056'
but only 20 miles from NP Furnace Creek NP campground. Check out the town of Pahrump NV


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I am not sure what you mean by a staging area. Also it is only about 5 hours from SD to Deva. Is it really necessary to stop an hour or so earlier? Anyway there are plenty of places to boondock from Baker to Deva. You will be coming in on the Eastern side as the quickest route.

If you really want to cut the driving time, you could spend a night at either Joshua Tree or in the Mojave Preserve. You can boondock in numerous places outside of those areas. I have stayed at the campground in Mojave but typically just boondock in the preserve.

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I should have put Campground/campsite instead of staging. Thanks for your feedback!

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“and never been in that area...”

If entering from the West, Lone Pine is close with Tuttle Creek BLM Campground (water and dump) and, of course, the Alabama Hills.


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Look for something around Pahrump Nevada.

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er78mph wrote:

Good Afternoon,

I'm planning a trip to Death Valley and never been in that area. I was wondering the best staging area to camp, preferably an hour or so outside the park? I have a 9 month old so would like to limit the miles from San Diego to the park (w/o the little one I would just drive all the way inside the park). We're open to boondocking or can check in to a campsite. Also, should I enter the park on the west or eastern side? Any general knowledge of the area would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance! I have an F150 with a Jayco Jayfeather.
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Posted: 01/31/21 05:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pahrump you have already overshot DVNP.

I am in OC and I take 395 to Trona road to Searles Valley and up over the hill on CA190.

I always see people with motorcycles etc boondocked along Trona Road. You could find something there. Not sure about permits as I go in one swoop.

CA190 has a long 7% to 9% grade both up and down. Downshift and go slow and you will be fine. I make it. All roads in require a steep grade.

You could stop in Yermo KOA and visit the touristy Calico Ghost town if you want to get about half way. I think you can camp at Calico too.

https://parks.sbcounty.gov/park/calico-ghost-town-regional-park/

From Yermo you can continue on 15 and turn left at Baker to enter from the SE. Or cut back onto 395 and enter from the West. Or go in one, out the other for a big loop.

No need to try and see it all. Too big. Give yourself extra time with that little one.


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er78mph wrote:

Good Afternoon,
I'm planning a trip to Death Valley and never been in that area. I was wondering the best staging area to camp, preferably an hour or so outside the park? I have a 9 month old so would like to limit the miles from San Diego to the park (w/o the little one I would just drive all the way inside the park). We're open to boondocking or can check in to a campsite. Also, should I enter the park on the west or eastern side? Any general knowledge of the area would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance! I have an F150 with a Jayco Jayfeather.


Do you have any idea of what you'd like to see in the park? The park is huge and getting to some areas can involve a lot of driving time. We've spent many winter seasons exploring 4x4 trails all over that area. As a first timer, I'd probably suggest staying in the Furnace Creek area and visit some of the well known sites out of there. I would suggest not trying to visit between about May through September for a first visit. From SD, I'd think the easiest/fastest route would be I-15 to Baker then 127 to Death Valley Junction and 190 into the park. 190 from the east is an easier descent/climb than going over Townes Pass from the west. Feel free to ask questions about the park.

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Posted: 01/31/21 07:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you go through Baker, CA & head up to Shoshone, CA there is a Wonderful little campground with a volcanic heated swimming pool. In Shoshone there is 1 motel, 1 gas station mini mart 1 restaurant... The fuel is definitely costly in Shoshone... Also camping in Tecopa about 12 miles South of Shoshone...

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