When it comes to camping on public or private land, there are certain rules and regulations that must be followed in order to ensure the safety of all involved. Campfires, charcoal, and wood stoves are prohibited in most areas, except for in designated camp or picnic sites. In Stage 1 of the restrictions, campfires are allowed but must be within a developed site. It is important to note that these restrictions are in place to reduce the visual impact of camping on other park users, as well as the impacts on sensitive park resources. The limitations on the number of days of camping, people per site, and pack animals per group seek to achieve this protection while also providing an equitable allocation of camping opportunities.
Gas or petrochemical stoves for cooking or heating, flashlights, and devices that are easily extinguished and pose a minimum threat to the resource are allowed. This limitation is intended to reduce impacts on individual camps and reduce negative impacts on adjacent campers, while still allowing for reasonable social activities within the camp. The regulations are also in place to protect the integrity of the pavement, protect the park's natural and cultural resources, and allow other visitors to enjoy recreation. Animals that are fed frequently can become a nuisance and cause garbage to spread around campgrounds and picnic areas. The superintendent's goal is to work to achieve a partnership with the public in the preservation, maintenance, and interpretation of Death Valley's rural huts. In accordance with the regulations and delegated authority provided for in Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, authorized by Title 54 of the United States Code, the following regulatory provisions apply to all land managed by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Death Valley National Park.
Variations have been introduced with respect to the speed limit designations contained in the general regulations when road conditions make it possible to increase speed without endangering public safety or require a lower speed limit for reasons of public safety and to prevent road deterioration. These restrictions are intended to accommodate several user groups while providing a quiet sleeping environment for all campers. All camping regulations are in place to protect the park's natural and cultural resources and the recreational enjoyment of other visitors. Please note that not all rules will apply to all parks (for example, campgrounds cannot be reserved for people who may arrive later).