August 04, 2017

While today’s Death Valley National Park visitors venture to this remote region to marvel at the stark desert beauty and to escape into the silence of the park’s vast expanses, for well over a century prospectors and miners came here in search of treasure. There was, quite literally, gold in them thar hills (as well as silver). But ultimately it was less glamorous, non-metallic minerals, such as borax and talc, that proved the most profitable. As Richard E. Lingenfelter wrote…

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July 07, 2017

When you visit the ghost towns in and around Death Valley National Park, you’ll see little more than the foundations and crumbling walls of buildings constructed more than a century ago. So don't expect the staged gunfights and cool sarsaparillas of more tourist-oriented ghost towns. Get ready to use your imagination to bring these communities to life. Some of Death Valley’s ghost towns were once communities with hundreds — even thousands — of residents who were drawn to this foreboding…

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June 04, 2017

It’s all about the geology in Death Valley National Park. You don’t come to this sprawling desert park for mountain meadows and waves crashing against the shoreline. There are no towering sequoia trees and, except for the occasional flash flood, rushing rivers are in decidedly short supply. But if lacking many of the attractions that visitors commonly associate with more traditional national parks, the very absence of dense forests and thick vegetation leaves the bones of the earth exposed in…

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May 08, 2017

It was William Shakespeare, of course, who concluded, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet.” But in the case of Death Valley, with apologies to Shakespeare, there’s little question that its imposing moniker enhances the legend of a place already notorious for the hottest temperature ever recorded anywhere in the world and as the driest location in North America. As Richard E. Lingenfelter wrote in his magisterial history, Death Valley…

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April 06, 2017

Justly famous for its weather extremes, Death Valley National Park hardly seems like a hospitable place for wildlife. A 134˚ F reading in July 1913 earned the valley the dubious honor of the hottest place on Earth, and, with average annual precipitation less than two inches, it’s also considered the driest spot in North America. No rain fell at all in 1929 and 1953. Yet Death Valley is anything but lifeless. From autumn into spring, the weather is positively heavenly.…

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March 02, 2017

The largest national park outside Alaska, Death Valley National Park in California spreads over 5,000 square miles of desert and mountains. That’s a lot of ground to cover. But during a stay at Furnace Creek Resort — with its AAA Four Diamond Inn at Furnace Creek Inn and family-friendly Ranch at Furnace Creek — you can have a perfect day filled with history and adventure without ever straying from the Furnace Creek area. Morning Learn About the Valley Many people…

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February 02, 2017

Plunging canyons, remote dunes, and dramatic landscapes await visitors While you can easily explore Death Valley National Park from its main roads, a world of rugged canyons, remote dunes, and awe-inspiring landscapes awaits visitors who go off-pavement to tour the park’s backroads. Within easy reach of Furnace Creek Resort, these roads — some just a few miles long, others all-day adventures — lead to hidden spots that most park visitors miss. The routes listed here are all rated as suitable…

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December 12, 2016

Unplug and unwind in this Death Valley National Park setting As much as they add to our lives, social media and the Internet can also be all consuming. No surprise, then, that taking a break from the digital world is becoming an increasingly popular trend. With so much to see and do, Furnace Creek Resort and the surrounding 3.4 million acres of Death Valley National Park offer the perfect antidote to digital overload. Yes, Furnace Creek has Wi-Fi and cell…

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November 09, 2016

The skies at Death Valley National Park come alive at night with an increasingly rare sight in the country: a sky filled with stars. Designated the largest Dark Sky National Park in the country by the International Dark Sky Association and rated in its highest “Gold Tier” category, Death Valley boasts a black velvet nocturnal sky filled with the Milky Way arching above the vast landscape. The park attracts photography buffs from around the world drawn by its celestial beauty.…

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October 03, 2016

6 Great One-Day Trips from Furnace Creek Resort When you really want to get away, there’s hardly a more remote place than the Furnace Creek Resort in the heart of Death Valley National Park. But while the historic property — which includes the AAA Four Diamond Inn at Furnace Creek and the family-friendly Ranch at Furnace Creek — may appear to be between the middle of nothing and nowhere, orbiting Furnace Creek are several sights, towns, and attractions close enough…

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