Last updated: 9:02 a.m. MDT, Oct. 1, 2013
Furnace Creek in Death Valley remains open including all restaurants, retail and golf. Xanterra is monitoring the U.S. government shutdown and is in contact with the National Park Service (NPS).
The National Parks are closed. However, Furnace Creek Resort is private property surrounded by Death Valley National Park. This “in-holding” status goes back many years and long before the land was designated a national monument and later a national park. The famed Fred Harvey Company owned and operated Furnace Creek Resort and both became a part of Amfac (now Xanterra) Parks & Resorts in 1968.
Unlike most national park operations, Furnace Creek Resort will not close because the park closes. Remaining open will be the resort’s lodging, restaurants, pools, golf course, tennis courts and retail operations.
The main road traversing Death Valley is a California state highway and cannot be closed down by the National Park Service (NPS).
All reservations will be honored.