The Death Valley National Park is a North American national park that expands right the way across the Southern California desert, as well as touching a small part of Nevada. Death Valley is a beautiful part of the world, but is often missed out or looked past by travellers – and not only because of the somewhat threatening name! This famous location is often thought of as a large, barren and lifeless landscape with nothing to see, which, in actual fact, couldn’t be further from the truth.
With an impressive 3.4 million acres of land, Death Valley qualifies as the largest National Park in the whole country, and happens to be one of the most striking and dramatic landscapes in the world. With its great sand dunes and countless desert rocks, Death Valley is home to one of the largest geological ‘museums’ ever seen – containing almost every geological era. This Californian National Park is the flattest expanse of land in the country.
It is important, if travellers wish to spend some time in and around this area, that they know at least a few good places to stay.
Exploring the park may take days, and it is important to have somewhere convenient and handy to refresh oneself after a day of adventure.
There are four in-park lodging options within the park itself, with more than satisfactory facilities for all visitors. The Furnace Creek Inn offers first class accommodation in a historical building with 66 rooms. This lodging is the priciest of all four, with prices up to $370. Unfortunately the whole place is closed during the summer. There is also the option of staying at the Furnace Creek Ranch, offering a more ranch-like, family-style version of the inn. Prices are generally more moderate, reaching up to $174 – determined by room and season. The smallest and most budget friendly place to stay is the Panamint Springs Resort. While the rooms are rather cramped, this establishment sets you back $149 at the very most. Stovepipe Wells Village is another possibility, and is a motel-style economical option. Overall, Stovepipe offers a comfortable stay.
There is also a plethora of great camping opportunities that you can opt for, in and around the park, which offer fine facilities and a lot of fun. The camping at Furnace Creek provides good amenities and 136 different sites. Prices will range from $12-18 depending on the season. Mahogany Flat is another campsite situated at 8,200 feet. A beautiful camping experience which is only open during the summer, and only accessible to high-clearance vehicles.