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camping in may

I was wondering if anyone could recommend the best campground for a late May stay? We'll be coming from Las Vegas. Also are there showers anywhere that campers can use? And lastly will the heat be horrible to sleep in at night in May? We're from NY so we're not totally unaccustomed to some heat, but nothing like what we'll get out there I'm sure. Thanks for any help!

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1. Re: camping in may

By late May, it will be toasty; temps will be in the 90s in the lower elevations. However, it's a dry heat; the relative humidity can be below 10%. Several National Park Service campgrounds are open seasonally because there is more or less demand at different times of the year.

Here is the park website for camping.


The nearest one coming in from Las Vegas is Furnace Creek, which is very nice (pretty, lots of trees, close to the visitor center and the Furnace Creek Ranch resort), but it is below sea level so it will be quite warm. There may be an arangement for campers to use the pool and showers at the resort, but the exact procedure may change periodically. You can call the resort at 760-786-2345 if you want to ask about it.

The highest elevation campgrounds are on the west side of the park in the Panamint range. The main road along this side of the park is about 40 miles from Furnace Creek, then the campgrounds are in various spots. For Thorndike and Mahogany, a high-clearance vehicle is a good idea.

Most of the NPS campgrounds have restroom buildings with plumbing, but none have showers. As I said, FC resort may have showers available for campers. Also, Stove Pipe Wells resort has a private campground where guests can use the pool and shower, but it is at sea level and there isn't a speck of shade. It's near the sand dunes, which can be tough on tent campers when the afternoon wind starts up.

As a general rule, every 1000' of elevation means about 5ºF difference. On the park website, you can click on Weather on the left side to see historic climate data.

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