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Death Valley National Park Announces Campground Fee Increase Effective May 1

Death Valley National Park, a renowned destination for outdoor enthusiasts, is set to adjust its campground fees starting May 1. The park’s administration has confirmed that visitors will encounter a slight hike in the cost of accessing various camping sites, with an increase ranging from $4 to $8.

As per a Pahrump Valley Times report, Nichole Andler, chief of Interpretation and Education at Death Valley National Park detailed the pricing changes. Andler explained that the fee adjustment follows a comprehensive review process, incorporating public feedback and an analysis by the National Park Service. The revised fees are deemed consistent with those charged by campgrounds in surrounding areas.

The fee increase aligns with the stipulations of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), which mandates that recreational fees correspond to the benefits and services provided. The act also necessitates regular review and adjustment of these fees. Andler highlighted that the revenue generated from entrance and camping fees is crucial for maintaining visitor services and public facilities, including the campgrounds.

Death Valley National Park, recognized for its extreme temperatures and striking landscapes, experiences its highest visitation during spring breaks and winter holidays. Notably busy periods include Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Presidents’ Day. Conversely, the park notes a dip in visitor numbers between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and in early January.

During peak visitation times, accommodations at Stovepipe Wells Resort, Panamint Springs Resort, and The Oasis at Death Valley are in high demand, often fully booked well in advance. However, for those seeking camping options, Sunset Campground near Furnace Creek typically has space available.

The vast expanse of Death Valley National Park, encompassing about 3.4 million acres, offers ample opportunity for visitors to explore while avoiding the congested areas. Park officials emphasize that the park’s size facilitates a sense of solitude, even during peak seasons, by opting for less frequented hiking trails.

Situated approximately 68 miles northwest of Pahrump, Nevada, the park is accessible via Bell Vista Avenue along CA-190. This proximity makes it a favored spot for both day trips and extended stays, attracting visitors eager to experience its unique natural beauty and recreational offerings.

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Jason Murphy
Jason Murphy
May 14, 2024 2:16 am

The camping fee bump at Death Valley National Park supports well-kept facilities. Explore quieter trails for a peaceful getaway amidst the park’s vast beauty. It’s worth it!


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