About Wildrose Campground
If you’re taking a multi-day camping trip to Death Valley then Wildrose Campground deserves consideration. It’s location on a Western end of the park makes it a bit out of the way for most visitors, maybe that’s why it’s free?
As compared to most camp sites in the park, Wildrose sites feature vegetation and considerably more distance between neighbors along with fire pits & picnic tables.
Although the park is attempting to remove all of the burros from the park as they are not native to Death Valley, some can still be seen from this campground and general area. Burros are the largest animals in Death Valley National Park.
About Death Valley National Park
Situated on California’s southeastern border with Nevada, Death Valley National Park spans over 5,000 square miles of otherworldly vistas. The largest national park in the continental United States, Death Valley is a park for superlatives.
Death Valley is the hottest place on earth, the lowest place in North America, and the driest place in the United States. Death Valley is also the largest National Park outside of Alaska.
Things to Know Before You Visit Death Valley
Guide: I highly recommend this one.
Map: I use this one.
Entrance Fees: The fee to enter Death Valley is $30 per vehicle. If you plan on visiting more than 1 national park this year we suggest you go ahead and purchase the America the Beautiful Pass (which can be found at the entrance gates to most national parks or online here).
This pass gets you into all National Parks, Forests, Monuments, and more including 2,000 sites for free after a one time $79 fee.
Sunscreen: For many of us visiting national parks in the summer means lots of sun. Seriously, some of these parks can zap you if you don’t wear sunscreen. We happen to like this one because it works AND it’s not full of a bunch of chemicals.
Leave No Trace: We’re big fans of Leave No Trace, here at MTJP. Want to learn more? Read about the seven principals of Leave No Trace here.
Insect Repellent: You hope not to need it, but you want to have it. We typically bring an Eco-Friendly Insect Repellent with us just in case.
Dogs are not allowed on trails in most national parks due to their potentially disruptive presence with the natural ecosystem. The basic rule is they are allowed where cars can go so be sure to check the rules before bringing along your furry friend.
Nearby Wildrose Campground
Down the road from Wildrose Campground are the charcoal kilns, and the trailhead to Bennett & Telescope Peaks which offer some of the best views in the entire park. Depending on the time of year snow can be found on the trail.
Also nearby is Surprise Canyon which features a creek with several small waterfalls and a surprising amount of vegetation.
The closest convenience store and fuel is in Panamint Springs which is 45mins driving distance away.
Wildrose Campground Amenities
Fire pits, picnic tables, pit toilets
Wildrose Campground is open year-round and is located at a higher elevation than the campgrounds in valleys making it a cooler option. For the most up to date info on Wildrose Campground be sure to visit: the official national park page