Death Valley tourism began at the Furnace Creek Resort, established by the Pacific Borax Corporation in the late 1920s, after their mines closed as a way to make use of the railroad they had built. Targeting wealthy visitors, they set out to create a luxurious oasis, hoping it would become as much of a must-see attraction as Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon. Ultimately, their efforts influenced the National Park Service to create Death Valley National Park in 1933.
Furnace Creek Resort Location
The Furnace Creek Resort is the most centrally-located spot in Death Valley, close to Badwater and all the valley attractions and with the most lodging, amenities and dining choices. It's at the intersection of CA Hwy 190 and CA Hwy 174.
What's at Furnace Creek Resort
- Furnace Creek Inn and the Ranch at Furnace Creek, with hundreds of rooms between them - and both with spring-fed swimming pools. Read our review of the Furnace Creek Inn.
- Furnace Creek Campground
- Store and gift shop
- Gasoline filling station open 24 hours if you use a credit card
- Four restaurants
- Saloon and cocktail lounge
- Borax Museum
- Airstrip (private pilots only)
- The world's lowest golf course (18 holes at 214 feet below sea level)
- Tennis courts
- Jeep rental
- Bicycle rentals
- Horseback riding and horse-drawn carriage rides
Pros at Furnace Creek Resort
- More things to do than at Stovepipe Wells, including ranger programs
- Close to the Badwater Basin if you want to visit in early morning
- Death Valley's nicest hotel - and best restaurant - are here (Furnace Creek Inn)
Cons at Furnace Creek Resort
- Most expensive lodging in the park
- Pets not allowed. Try Stovepipe Wells if you're traveling with one.