Having replaced the entire water and sewer system of the Furnace Creek Campground, added a new bathroom, and expanded electrical service for RVs, Death Valley National Park officials are now proposing an increase in camping fees to help cover the costs of providing electricity to the campground.
If approved the fees, which now are being floated for public comment, would take effect in mid-October.
Along with the infrastructure improvements at the campground, crews created three new group sites there. The improvements include the installation of full hook-up capacity at 19 campsites, replacement of the entire water and sewer system, a new bathroom in the group site areas, rehabilitation of the current bathrooms, repair of flood damaged areas in the tent walk-in loop, development of three new group sites, and a new check-in kiosk.
The 19 rehabilitated sites now include water, sewer, and electrical hook-ups. The proposed pricing is $30 per night for sites offering full hook-ups. The current price for RV and tent campsites without full-hook-ups is $18 per night; sites without hookups would remain $18 per night under this proposal.
Nightly campground fees are collected under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, Public Law 108-447 (118 Stat. 2809), enacted by Congress as part of the 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. This legislation has allowed the National Park Service to provide on-the-ground improvements to visitors at recreation sites across the nation. Death Valley National Park started the rehabilitation of Furnace Creek Campground in February 2012 and will near completion at the end of this summer.
Public comment on the proposed fees is being taken through May 17. You can find the proposal, and comment on it, at this site.