Death Valley National Park is a fantastic summer destination for families. Your family can explore the wonders of the largest national park in the lower 48.
Furnace Creek – The Ultimate Base Camp
Plan your getaway around a stay at Furnace Creek Ranch. The Ranch is ideal for families with its large, spring fed swimming pool – truly an oasis in the desert. Located in the middle of one of the most arid places in the country a natural spring runs right through the property and this water has been harnessed to be used in two pools that stay at a temperature of just over 80 degrees year-round. The property also features sports courts, kids playground and large lawn. Rooms are comfortable and spacious with most rooms featuring two queen beds, all with triple sheeting and great for families.
The Ranch is the center of activity in Death Valley. Two restaurants, a saloon, free Borax museum and date palm grove are all at The Ranch. The lowest elevation golf course surrounds the property. Have your kids give golf a try with golf lessons with our resident pro. The property also has stables and horseback rides down to the valley floor are a fun way to experience the western heritage of the area. One and two hour tours are available. 45-minute carriage rides are also available and they will take you through the grounds, the golf course and into the date palm grove. The National Park Service Visitor Center is located adjacent to our property and is a great first stop before exploring the park. Here you can learn about the park, see exhibits, watch a movie about Death Valley and talk with a ranger. Be sure to grab your Jr. Ranger Guide for the kids.
There is a lot to explore in Death Valley. One of the more interesting stops is Scotty’s Castle. The National Park Service provided paid tours of this fascinating castle and the story of Walter Scott, “Death Valley Scotty,” and Albert and Bessie Johnson. Step back in time to the 1930s as you venture through an engineer’s dream home, truly remarkable for the time period in which it was built.
There is great driving and hiking trails throughout the park. Whether you want to explore Titus Canyon, hike through Mosaic Canyon or make sand angels at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, the landscape within Death Valley holds many surprises. Get your picture taken at the lowest point in North America at Badwater Basis – 282 feet below sea level. The salt of the earth literally bubbles up at your feet. While the park’s lowest point is below sea level, its highest point rises more than 11,000 feet – the vertical difference is more than twice the depth of the Grand Canyon! Death Valley National Park is one of the most unique places in the United States and a great family destination.