California Festivals 


Death Valley 49ers Encampment

November 7-14, 2021

The Death Valley '49ers (primarily supported by membership dues) sponsors the Annual Encampment each November to celebrate this pioneer spirit and this special place called Death Valley. Affordable membership (around $25) gives you access to all Encampment activities.

The annual Death Valley Encampment is held the first full week of November. The event is sponsored by the Death Valley 49ers, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Death Valley. Special recognition is given to the California bound pioneer wagon parties of 1849-50.

These five days are filled with events including old-time and western-style music, an Invitational Western Art Show, craft shows, golf and horseshoe tournaments, a pioneer costume contest, 4X4 tours, wagon train and horse parades, community breakfasts and our annual Worlds Lowest 1849 Poker Tournament.

Art Show
Events & Contests
: Wheelbarrow Race, Gold Panning, Pioneering Costume Contest, Prospector's Race and Pampered Pet Parade
Entertainment: Yodelers, crazy cowboys, Coyote Howl open-mic performances
Fiddling & Picking Contest: The Grassy Green Pickin' and Fiddlin' Contest has taken place at Furnace Creek Ranch for more than 25 years. Through this contest the Death Valley '49ers strive to preserve the historic fiddling culture and tunes.
Wagon Train & Horseback Riders: Death Valley Wagon Train commemorates the first wagon train that passed through Death Valley in 1849 on their way to the gold fields.
Golf Tournament
Poker Tournament
Photography & Craft Show
Southwest Lapidary & Craft Show
Quilt Raffle
Camping & Lodging: Camping is available in Death Valley National Park

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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