Death Valley is the largest National Park in the lower 48 states and this park covers a vast amount of wide open spaces, so it comes as no surprise that there will be many camping options to be found. There are three resort areas in this park that feature neighboring campgrounds, but these options are usually jam packed during the peak tourism seasons. There are remote primitive camping options in the back country, but most are located in rough terrain where an ordinary passenger car driver or trailer hauler will not dare go. However, there is one cozy spot that is located in the north end of the park that is often overlooked by the main stream tourists, especially by those who have limited vacation time.
The Mesquite Spring Campground is located near the intersection of Scotty's Castle Road and Ubehebe Crater Road, which is a good jumping off point for adventure in the north end of Death Valley. This campground is fully developed with everything from picnic tables and fire pits to RV pads and basic facilities, so it appeals to a wide range of visitors. A showers facility is located on site, but it has been closed in recent times and the reason likely has to do with water availability. The Mesquite Spring Campground is situated in a mud cliff mountain dry wash basin and the views of Death Valley extend to the horizon, which makes this is a peaceful place to be.
The best part about camping at Mesquite Spring is the prime location makes getting an early start for a day full of adventure easy to do. Scotty's Castle is the main attraction in this area, but a devastating flash flood left a large portion of this historic site in ruins. Renovations should be finished soon, so stay tuned for the park service announcements. Just north of the campground is where Ubehebe Crater and a vast volcanic field can be found, which takes at least a half day to experience. Ubehebe Crater is also the gateway to Tea Kettle Junction and Racetrack Playa, but a high ground clearance vehicle is required for this side trip. As can be imagined, the adventures are endless in the north end of Death Valley National Park, so be sure to keep the Mesquite Spring Campground in mind when making plans!
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