Inn at Furnace Creek
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P.O. Box 1
Death Valley, California 92328
The Inn at Furnace Creek is one of four lodging facilities in Death Valley National Park, one of the world's driest and hottest places. It is by far the most luxurious lodge in the park; in fact, it's one of the finest in any national park. The Pacific Coast Borax Company constructed the inn in the mid-1920s as part of an effort to stimulate and take advantage of(+) More
The Inn at Furnace Creek is one of four lodging facilities in Death Valley National Park, one of the world's driest and hottest places. It is by far the most luxurious lodge in the park; in fact, it's one of the finest in any national park. The Pacific Coast Borax Company constructed the inn in the mid-1920s as part of an effort to stimulate and take advantage of increased visitation to Death Valley. The hotel opened with 12 rooms on February 1, 1927. The construction of additional rooms, a swimming pool, and tennis courts continued into the mid-1930s.
The mission-style inn faces west toward the valley and, in the far distance, the Panamint Range, which provides a looming, jagged background, especially when the sun slides behind the mountain peaks. The inn itself sits on a hillside oasis of green grass and palm trees complete with stone walkways, a small stream, and ponds on a terraced hillside. The greenery along the west side of the inn is in stark contrast to the surrounding desert. An attractive dining room serves upscale meals including an excellent Sunday brunch. An afternoon tea is offered in the lounge, and afternoon drinks are served on the front patio.
The Inn at Furnace Creek has 66 rooms in five price categories that vary according to size, amenities, and views. Rooms are spread through four floors with elevator access near the registration desk. A limited number of the least expensive rooms are on the backside and offer no views. Other rooms are on a U-shaped terrace above the pool, while somewhat larger and more expensive rooms offer a terrace or deck. Five large "Luxury View" rooms each have a spa tub. The inn also offers two suites.
The inn serves as a convenient base for several days of desert exploration, including a visit to the park's most famous landmark, Scotty's Castle, 55 miles north. Badwater, the lowest point in North America at 232 feet below sea level, is 17 miles south.
Staying in a luxurious hotel in a unique and natural environment offers an opportunity for a special vacation. Temperatures are often ideal during the spring and fall when evenings are cool and days are warm and sunny. Keep in mind that the inn is closed from mid-May to early October, when scorching temperatures can make outdoor activities unpleasant. If you are determined to experience the desert on its harshest terms, rooms are available year-round at the nearby Ranch at Furnace Creek. The ranch also has several restaurants that are less formal and less expensive than the inn's dining room.(-) Close
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- One of Death Valley's most spectacular trails, Golden Canyon to Red Cathedral, is located near the Inn.
- Hop in your car for a scenic cruise along Artist's Drive, south of Furnace Creek.
- A 40-foot-high rock bridge forms a photogenic arch over Natural Bridge Canyon, south of Furnace Creek.