Activities On-Property & In-Park
For some travelers, the images of isolation and calmness that Death Valley evokes make for an ideal getaway. However, in addition to the calmness, the Furnace Creek Resort offers a wide variety of activities to satisfy the sports-person within. Both the Inn and the Ranch offer outdoor swimming pools that are naturally heated by warm springs that keep the temperature at a comfortable 82 ºF (27.7 ºC). In addition to the pool, guests can enjoy a putting green, bocce ball, shuffleboard, basketball, volleyball and tennis.
Rides, Guides & Horses
The Furnace Creek Stables, located at the Ranch at Furnace Creek, offers one and two hour guided trail rides, evening carriage and hay wagon rides. The one-hour horseback ride takes you into the valley floor where you will get a true taste of the desert. The two-hour ride travels into the foothills of the Funeral Mountains and offers extraordinary views of the valley below. The forty-five minute carriage ride takes you through the lowest golf course in the world and into the famous Death Valley date palm grove. The stables are open from October through mid-May. For further information, click here www.furnacecreekstables.net or call (760) 614-1018.
Wildflower Season in Death Valley
Although we witness some level of wildflower bloom each spring, the key to a spectacular wildflower show is rainfall. Death Valley received slightly more precipitation last fall than in the prior year, but forecasting the potential bloom is still difficult. When status updates are available from the experts, the information will be posted on this site and we hope the park will see a good wildflower bloom.
Scenic Hiking & Walking
The breathtaking scenery itself justifies recreation and guests are encouraged to take advantage of the several hiking and walking trips. Many points of interest are accessible for the casual or seasoned walker. Although formal trails do not exist, paths carved out by past travelers are easy to follow. Trips to the Harmony Borax Works and Golden Canyon are easily accomplished ranging from one to three miles.
Mosaic Canyon can be reached by a 2.5-mile walk up an alluvial fan. The sand dunes are ideal for either a casual stroll or an all-day excursion.
For the more seasoned hiker, a climb up to Telescope Peak, the highest spot in Death Valley, can be a challenge. Steep inclines make for a strenuous, all-day hike to the top.
The Furnace Creek Resort offers the perfect vantage point to explore the beauty of a region that is virtually untouched and extraordinarily distinct.
October through May, the National Park Service conducts interpretive programs at the Visitor Center located next door to the Ranch at Furnace Creek. Guided walks and naturalist talks are conducted daily and illustrated talks are presented each evening.