Death Valley National Park


Winter and early Spring are perfect times for RVers to visit Death Valley National Park in California. My husband John and I visited there a few years back with our thirty-foot Jazz fifth wheel trailer. We will visit again this Spring (2015).

Last time we visited, we approached Death Valley National Park from the northwest using I 395, 136 and 190. It was a long hard haul. We don't recommend it. After we arrived at the Furnace Creek Campground, and talked with other park visitors, we learned that most experienced RVers enter the Park from the south and have a much more enjoyable drive. We'll enter from the south when we visit this Spring.

We enjoyed the Furnace Creek Campground on our last visit. People with the Senior Pass as part of the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass were able to camp for $10 per night. There is no charge for entry into the Park either with the Pass. (You must be 62 to qualify for the Pass.)

Death Valley

The commerce section across the road from the campground offered a chance for entertainment. John enjoyed the hot tub at the hotel and I enjoyed strolls through the Borax Museum and the grounds.

I will warn though that with the dry dusty soil in the campground, dogs can suffer a bit. Our little spaniel suffered with dust allergies because she was right down there in it. We gave her frequent water rinses to remove the dust and dirt from her coat. This Spring, we will add doses of her allergy medication.

Photographic opportunities abound throughout the Park. Artist's Drive provided several hours of beautiful views. Artist's Palette along Artist's Drive is spectacular.

The history of borax mining in the Park is incredible. You can explore the Harmony Borax Works site. The 20 Mule Team wagon exhibit at the site conjures a working site especially if you look over into the surrounding desert onto the location where Chinese workers actually worked taking the borax from the ground.

Borax Mule Team

A trip to Death Valley National Park is really a must for National Park enthusiasts. To learn more about the park, go here.

Author Bio: Levonne Gaddy is a fulltime RVer, writer and photographer. She is a regular contributor to She is author of "This Restless Life: A Dream Chased Through California Parks in an RV" which can be viewed at Amazon.