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Panamint Springs Resort
Reviewed 14 April 2009

I stopped one evening thinking I'd spend the night in their RV facility.

At the restaurant I quickly realized $16.00 to $20.00 for a burger was way beyond the price of bringing in the supplies.

But its a gold mine mentality, right?

Then I asked the price of the night at the RV park.

Its then I realized they must have left some gold lying around for passing campers to take with them as souvenirs of their visit.

But I didn't need any, my pockets were full of credit cards.

I decided to head over to Stove Pipe. On the way, I saw the Trona road to the right. Decided to push down that way a couple of miles. About five miles south I came to the road to Ballarat, three miles east of the main road.

The road is dirt, and there isn't any resort, but it is an old ghost town.

The folks are friendly. The overnight RV charge is $2.00, and cold drinks are $2.00.

Unless you really need the feeling of connection your electrical umbilical gives, this is a very pleasant alternative.

But they aren't leaving gold on the ground for passing rvers to take home.


  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2009

This place was a nice break from the everday hustle and bustle. It was great to be able to sit back and read a book and not be bothered by the cell phone. The food at the restaurant was very good but on the expensive side. The room was outdated but clean. The staff was pleasant. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2009

If you have been to Death Valley, then you know that your options for lodging within the park itself are either the expensive resorts or Panamint Springs Resort. It isn't as if there is a Holiday Inn around every corner....it's Death Valley. In light of this fact, we opted for Panamint Springs Resort and we very happy with our stay. There is no TV, no clock, no phone...just a room/bed/lamp/portable heater/bathroom/dresser. That's it, so don't expect any more than that. And check-in is at the trailer/gas station next to the resort. Not kidding. Also, if you have been to Death Valley, you will know that ALL food is expensive within the park, no matter where you go. The restaurant in Furnace Creek, for example, offers a $9.00 hot dog. Panamint Springs was a decent place to stay, the room was clean, it was safe, with a million dollar view, and we would stay there again. Jackalope pictures and all.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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3  Thank winterwondergirl
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Reviewed 25 March 2009

Decided to make resverations at the the camp ground at Panamint Springs. The hotel and the camping are run by the same place. We made reservations in January for the RV park. We had a group of three motorhomes and wanted to be together, but when we checked in in March, they had two of us together and third party in a different spot. When we made the resverations for site specific spots and during the phone conservation they told us what sites we would be occupying. When we got there they had changed. I asked if we could change sites so we could be together and the clerk said that wasn't possible because they had a site next to us that was being used for the night and that other rvers would be moving in the next day. To come to find out that after the people moved out the next morning the site stayed empty for the rest of our stay which was two more days. The thing that really upset us was not so much the space change, but the rudeness of the clerk as he dealt with us. He never tried to make things right, and kind of brushed us off that we had never been assigned to those specific site numbers. Since there is only a confirmation number--not an email or letter to confirm our phone conversation and reservations, it was easy for them to change the reservations. The RV park is not the greatest. There is a great need for it to be updated. We had full hookups, and the dump site tube at each site sticks too far out of the ground to allow for complete emptying of the tanks. We are not planning to go back in the near future. Would rather go to Stovepipe Wells or Furnace Creek campgrounds and just drive over for the day. After all, wherever you in Death Valley, you have to drive long distances.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank lazydaze95
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Reviewed 9 March 2009

Don't let "resort" name fool you:
- Electricity was produced by generator that runs 24/7 behind the motel rooms so I couldn't get quiet sleep at night.
- The room was very small, dirty and old; the bathroom was so tiny, dirty, old and
lots of spiders.
- No centralized heater, just portable one. The floor was cold, bring slipper
- Motel 6 doesn't use "resort" and still better and cheaper than this "resort".
- You are still far drive away from furnace creek
- The very expensive restaurant was filled with photos of animals and natures
that some were computer enhanced. You'll see rabbits with deer's horns photos.
An employee confirmed they were enhanced . Then you couldn't tell which ones
are real and which ones are enhanced (or possibly from outside Death Valley).
- On the last day, I got a post card of the facade of the restaurant with bright
orange clouds, which an employee said it might be computer enhanced.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled solo
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3  Thank rawbee7
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Address: 40440 Highway 190, 32 Miles West of Stovepipe Wells, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Region: United States > California > Death Valley National Park
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Death Valley National Park
Price Range: €33 - €84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Panamint Springs Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Panamint Springs is a small western-style resort seated in the beautiful Panamint Valley in Death Valley National Park. Marvelous views of distant sand dunes and the soaring 11,000' Panamint Mountains complete the setting for leisure dining and relaxation. Panamint Springs offers 14 motel rooms & 1 cottage, restaurant, campgrounds, RV park, gas station, and mini-mart. Our motel rooms are very basic, but clean. Our rooms are cooled with an evaporative cooling system. Some units offer their own A/C window unit in addition to this. We are pet friendly, however additional fees apply. If you are planning on doing some exploring, you'll find that Panamint Springs makes a great base camp for neighboring ghost towns, abandoned mines, and even desert waterfalls. Great for 4-wheel drive exploring, hiking, biking, or just relaxing! ... more   less 
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