Clouds in Death Valley can be quite spectacular.
Hard to get to, though. From the Bay Area, it’s highway 5 down to Bakersfield, then over the Tehachapis to Mojave, then north through Trona.
Once there, favorite campgrounds are the Texas Springs Campground perimeter (right near the Visitor Center, Zabriskie Point, etc.) and Mesquite Springs Campground (higher elevation, not as hot.)
At Mesquite Springs Campground one can walk out into the dry riverbed, the crunch of desert rocks beneath your feet.
Photo: Clouds—Death Valley, 2001