Record-setting Fall Rains = Epic Spring Wildflowers in Death Valley
Mother Nature Knows Exactly What She’s Doing
Resort Already Filling Up In Anticipation
DEATH VALLEY – January 12, 2016 – Water is precious in Death Valley, so the bountiful rains the desert experienced this fall is a good omen that wildflowers will be plentiful this season – a phenomena that can be decades in the making. “Reservations are already pouring in, “ said Dominie Lenz, the General Manager of Furnace Creek Resort, located on a true American Oasis in the middle of the 3 million acre national park.
“The East has its fall foliage and Death Valley has its legendary flowers – sometimes, when the conditions are right – which can be a lifetime in the making, “ added Lenz.
Many enthusiasts, located around the world, think that this may just be “the year.” And it seems that they are correct. It is only January, and there are already outstanding displays of color in various parts of the valley. Death Valley National Park’s Wildflower blog and Desert USA’s Wildflower Report highlight some of the early color.
With the extremely damp fall, Mother Nature is set to give the fields of wildflowers found throughout the valley the green light to bloom. With average temperatures of 73 degrees in February, 82 degrees in March, and 90 degrees in April, now is the ideal time to book a trip to Death Valley and explore Furnace Creek and all the National Park has to offer, both during the day and at night. Savvy travelers will take advantage of the lighter travel period of January and early February by taking advantage of the Furnace Creek Resort’s Prospector rates offering 30% discounts of select dates.
This year’s amazing wildflower season means rooms at Furnace Creek’s two distinct experiences are booking FAST! Warm-weather-bound travelers can choose from accommodations at the family-friendly Ranch at Furnace Creek, with its towering palm trees and true oasis atmosphere situated on the desert floor, or the more sophisticated and refined Inn at Furnace Creek. Fed by spring waters, The Ranch boasts a large pool, golf course (the lowest on Earth), post office, general store, casual dining restaurants, horseback riding and 224 rooms. The Borax Museum, with artifacts large and small including some of the original 20 Mule Team Wagon trains, also calls The Ranch home, as does a nearby landing strip. The Death Valley National Park visitor center is also within walking distance.
For a more sophisticated and refined experience, the romantic, four diamond, historic,
Inn at Furnace Creek, nestled into the mountainside where the spring bubbles forth, was built in the late 1920s by the Borax Company and features 66 elegant rooms, fine dining, verandas with sweeping views of Death Valley, opulent gardens, a stunning spring-fed pool (maintaining a constant temperature of 85 degrees), tennis courts and pool-side massages.
And there is plenty to do – or not do. For active vacationers, activities range from hiking, cycling, and Jeep treks to horseback riding and golf. The lush oasis also attracts wildlife such as roadrunners and coyotes, and it is also one of the only gold-tier designated International Dark Sky Parks in the United States where stargazers can actually see the Milky Way with the naked eye.
Rates* begin at $239 for The Ranch and $389 for The Inn and subject to availability and do not include taxes and resort fees. For additional information, call 800-236-7916 or visit www.www.oasisatdeathvalley.com/. Furnace Creek Resort is two hours west of Las Vegas by car and a four-hour drive from Los Angeles.