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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September 06, 2016

Reminders of the iconic 20 Mule Team, symbol of Death Valley, remain near Furnace Creek today Quick. Which Death Valley animals appeared at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, attended Woodrow Wilson’s 1917 inauguration and the 1937 dedication of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco? If you answered mules — specifically the 20 Mule Team that hauled borax out of Death Valley in the late 19th century — you would be right. Those of a certain age might…

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August 03, 2016

Gurgling waters, date palms, and flowering shrubs make Furnace Creek Resort stand out in Death Valley National Park When Americans think of an oasis, they conjure up images of Lawrence of Arabia and Omar Sharif, or hum the tune Midnight at the Oasis by Maria Muldaur. These exotic, romantic environments are the stuff of legend. But there’s a very real oasis in the U.S. at the Furnace Creek Resort, located in 3.3 million-acre Death Valley National Park — the largest…

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July 01, 2016

Two-wheeling it through this national park is an otherworldly experience I began riding motorcycles as a teenager and, in the years since, I’ve explored 46 of the Lower 48 states by motorcycle, took a two-wheel tour of the Alps, wrote a book about exploring America by motorcycle, followed the 1914 path of Erwin ‘Cannon Ball’ Baker on the San Diego-New York City Cannon Ball Centennial Ride, and have repeatedly been punished by wind, rain, snow, and ice on my bike.…

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