Lodging Inside Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park – its name might conjure images of a desolate wasteland. But beneath this harsh exterior lies a surprising oasis teeming with life and boasting a rich history. Straddling the California-Nevada border, Death Valley presents a landscape of dramatic contrasts: a basin plunging below sea level and the majestic Telescope Peak soaring over 11,000 feet – nearly twice the depth of the Grand Canyon! Encompassing over 3 million acres of wilderness, Death Valley reigns supreme as the largest national park in the contiguous United States.

Death Valley National Park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Hikers and backpackers can explore a vast network of trails, while birdwatchers can delight in the park's diverse avian population. Beyond the natural wonders, delve into Death Valley's fascinating past. Explore historic sites like the Keane Wonder Mine, Harmony Borax Works, Wildrose Charcoal Kilns, and even remnants of bygone eras in ghost towns. A true marvel awaits at Scotty's Castle, a magnificent Spanish-style mansion built in the early 1900s, offering a glimpse into the roaring twenties and thirties.

While Death Valley's scenery may be grand, lodging options cater to a variety of styles and budgets. For those seeking an echo of Scotty's Castle's elegance, The Inn at Death Valley provides a touch of luxury amidst the desert landscape. Other comfortable lodging options are available throughout the park.

Death Valley offers more than 785 miles of roads, paved and unpaved, for an unforgettable driving adventure. For the more adventurous, Death Valley beckons with cycling and mountain biking opportunities along designated park routes.

Despite its reputation as one of North America's hottest destinations, Death Valley is captivated by its surprisingly diverse ecosystem. A variety of smaller mammals, including bobcats, bighorn sheep, and kit foxes, call this park home. The critically endangered Death Valley pupfish finds a vital refuge here. Remarkably, over 1,000 plant species thrive in this harsh environment, some found nowhere else on Earth.

Don't let the name fool you. Death Valley National Park, with its unique blend of geological wonders, fascinating history, and surprisingly rich biological diversity, is a place that shouldn't be missed. So, pack your sense of adventure and discover the hidden gems Death Valley has to offer.

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The Ranch at Death Valley

Location: Inside of Park
Starting Rate: $169.00

Unveiling Death Valley's rugged beauty, The Ranch offers comfortable lodging and friendly service right inside the park. Play the world's lowest-elevation 18-hole course, grab a bite at one of three restaurants, or unwind by the pool. Explore the desert from your spacious, beautifully furnished room. Book early for the best options!

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Location: Inside of Park
Starting Rate: $329.00

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Location: Inside of Park
Starting Rate: $144.00

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Lodging in Death Valley's Gateway Communities

Longstreet Inn & Casino

Location: South of Park
Starting Rate: $130.00

Longstreet Inn is located just a few minutes from the entrance of Death Valley National Park just outside of Amargosa Valley, Nevada. This full-service property offers guests convenient access to the park, renovated rooms, modern amenities, and great on-site amenities.

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Location: East of Park
Starting Rate: $79.00

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Additional information and resources on the park:


Q. Where is Death Valley?
A. Death Valley is located in the south east area of California, adjacent to Nevada, with some parts of the park actually existing within the state of Nevada as well. It is sandwiched between the Inyo National Forest in California and the Amargosa Desert in Nevada.


Q. Why is it called Death Valley?
A.  The name "Death Valley" came from a group of 19th century pioneers who lost their way while traveling during the winter of 1849. According to history, only one person perished in Death Valley, but the rest of the group was convinced that Death Valley would see the last of them as well. When they finally did make it out alive, one of them turned back and said, "Goodbye, Death Valley!"


Q. What is the hottest temperature on record at Death Valley?
A. The hottest temperature on record at Death Valley is 134 degrees F, which was recorded in July of 1913 at the present location of Furnace Creek Ranch. At one point, this was not only the hottest on record for Death Valley, but also for the world. It has since been surpassed by hot temperatures in Africa.


Q. Is visiting Death Valley in the summertime safe?
A. It is absolutely safe to visit in the summertime, as long are you are mindful of your sun exposure. It is safe to tour the sites of Death Valley in an air conditioned car, and it is wise to remain on paved roads. As a safety measure you should always keep plenty of water in your car and remember to drink plenty throughout the day to stay hydrated. It is not recommended to go hiking during the summer season unless it is early in the morning and at a high elevation.


Q. What is there to do at Death Valley?
A . In contrast with it's foreboding name, a plethora of different plants live within Death Valley National Park. During the spring, the flowers bloom and prosper, and tourists delight in the environment of stark contrasts, and the rich history of the area.