June 01, 2016

Death Valley, the Largest Dark-Sky Park in the U.S., is Center Stage for Stargazing One of the rarest and greatest natural attractions in the United States is total darkness. And one of the best places to experience this phenomenon is California’s Death Valley National Park. Because its skies are affected by only the smallest amounts of light pollution from distant cities, it is classified Gold Tier by the International Dark-Sky Association, the highest level of designation for its star-filled skies.…

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May 26, 2016

The High-Temp, High-Stakes World of Death Valley’s Extreme Sports In 1986 I set an ambitious goal to run one mile per year. As a result, by 2012 I had completed my first marathon. As impressive as that sounds, some athletes can cover those same 26.2 miles in about three hours. Then there are extreme athletes who will run 135 miles in about 24 hours, which, by any standard, is incredible. But to run those 135 miles in the harsh environment…

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April 12, 2016

Come be green with us on Earth Day, Saturday, April 23 from  8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Furnace Creek Ranch. Over 1 billion people in 193 counties observe Earth Day each year, and 2016 marks the 46th anniversary of the holiday which started right here in California. To celebrate, Furnace Creek Resort, in conjunction with the National Park Service, Death Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Amargosa Conservancy will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration! Learn about our 1.2 megawatt, 4 acre…

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April 11, 2016

How to Play the Extremes Like Nowhere Else on Earth When hardscrabble farmers working the floor of California’s Death Valley in the early 20th century decided to build a homemade three-hole course for their own amusement, they probably harbored no illusions that it would someday morph into a world famous attraction for the golf community. But it has done just that. Set on the floor of Death Valley National Park, some 214 feet below sea level, Furnace Creek holds the…

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March 28, 2016

  Record-Setting Fall Rains Bring Epic Blooming Season Water is precious in Death Valley National Park, especially for its flora and fauna. And the bountiful El Niño rains that the desert experienced last fall is creating a bonanza wildflower season this spring. Many enthusiasts think that this just may be “the year” for this spectacular phenomenon. “The East has its fall foliage and Death Valley has its legendary flowers – sometimes, when the conditions are right – which can be…

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February 22, 2016

Swim in Warm Spring-Fed Water, Golf in North America's Lowest Course and Get Massaged Amid Date Palms Furnace Creek Resort may hold the world record for the hottest recorded day (134ºF on July 10, 1913), but with January temperatures in the high 60s, winter is the perfect time to visit and explore this desert oasis surrounded by the beautiful, rugged landscape of Death Valley National Park. As one of America’s few naturally occurring oases, Furnace Creek has a legendary history.…

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February 14, 2016

Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday with the Celestial Centennial and MarsFest Symposium, April 8 – 10, 2016 in Death Valley National Park. For decades, the remarkable terrain of Death Valley has been one of scientists’ favorite stand-ins for Mars due to its arid climate and unique geology. Now the public has a chance to explore the region’s alien-like landscape and experience what life on Mars might be like with the Celestial Centennial and MarsFest Symposium 2016, a three-day,…

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February 03, 2016

They're Just a Short Drive From Furnace Creek Resort Whenever guests watch the first Star Wars movie at Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley, Calif., it inevitably launches tales of when the movie’s director, George Lucas, came here in 1977 to transport people to another galaxy with the scenes he shot in the surrounding desert and mountain national park. Indeed, Death Valley provided Lucas the perfect landscape of sand dunes and arid canyons for Star Wars: A New Hope. And…

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January 21, 2016

Did you know Death Valley National Park has some of the best stargazing on the planet? That's because Furnace Creek Resort, in partnership with the National Park Service, obtained a "Gold Tier" Dark Sky Park Certification from the International Dark Sky Association. If anyone appreciates the lack of light pollution in the park it's John Heller, a member of the Las Vegas Astronomical Society. Heller, alongside other members of the LVAS, graciously host an event called “Tonight’s Sky” a star…

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January 05, 2016

Death Valley National Park Service has announced their second annual Hike Death Valley Challenge! Visitors who explore the National Park and hike designated trails are eligible for a free 2016 Hike Death Valley decal. To qualify, you must accumulate at least four points by hiking the trails listed below and snapping a picture as proof. Bring your pictures to the Death Valley Visitor Center to claim your sticker and share your adventures on social media with #HikeDeathValley.  For more information, visit…

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