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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December 21, 2015

After October's flash floods, hundreds of miles of park roads were closed, fortunately, the National Park Service's road crews have finished repairing West Side Road and opened it just in time for the holidays! West Side Road, a 40-mile-long graded road that parallels Badwater Road on the west side of Death Valley, is now passable by two-wheel drive vehicles, the road provides access to multiple high clearance, four-wheel-drive roads, including Hanaupah Canyon, Johnson Canyon, and Warm Springs Canyon. Warm Springs Canyon Road…

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November 22, 2015

  Death Valley National Park has been a popular location to film movies and TV shows over the years. Located about 5 hours from Hollywood, it's easily accessible to the major studios and provides one of the most unique landscapes in the world. Many popular films have been shot here including the original episode of the Star Wars epic (now known as Episode IV - A New Hope) released in 1977 and The Return of the Jedi released in 1983.…

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October 16, 2015

Death Valley may seem like a vast and desolate landscape, but it wasn’t always that way. After the 1848 discovery of gold in California, the valley experienced an over 140 year mining boom. Most pioneers set out on a quest for gold and silver but were met with a notable lack of success due to primitive and inefficient technology and scarcity of water and fuel. The only long-term profitable ore to be found in the region was borax, which was transported out…

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