Top Ten Unique National Park Lodges

Stovepipe Wells Village, Death Valley National Park, California
By David Scott & Kay Scott
  |  Gorp.com
General Store at Stovepipe Wells Village, Death Valley National Park, California
General Store at Stovepipe Wells Village, Death Valley National Park, California (courtesy, Xanterra Parks and Resorts)

2. Stovepipe Wells Village, Death Valley National Park, California
Most visitors to Death Valley choose to stay at the luxurious Furnace Creek Inn or the more family-oriented Furnace Creek Ranch. However, if you want a true desert experience, consider staying at Stovepipe Wells, a complex with the appearance of a small western town. Eleven buildings provide 83 guest rooms in three categories. A small swimming pool helps guests cope with desert temperatures. A general store, a small gas station, and a National Park Service visitor center are across the road. An attractive restaurant and saloon with vaulted ceilings and built with timbers of an old Death Valley mining operation offer a real western atmosphere. The complex is near a vast area of sand dunes. Season: year-round; Rates: $80 to $120.

GORP.com's Death Valley National Park Guide


David and Kay Scott are the authors of Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges (Globe Pequot Press). They live in Valdosta, Georgia. For more info on their travels and America's national park lodges visit their website.

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