Death Valley tourism began at The Oasis at Death Valley (formerly 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.
The Oasis at Death Valley 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 the Oasis
- The Inn at Death Valley (formerly Inn at Furnace Creek) and the Ranch at Death Valley, with hundreds of rooms between them - and both with spring-fed swimming pools.
- 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
- More things to do than at Stovepipe Wells, including ranger programs
- Close to the Badwater Basin if you want to visit in the early morning
- Death Valley's nicest hotel - and best restaurant - are here (Inn at Death Valley)
- Most expensive lodging in the park
- Pets not allowed. Try Stovepipe Wells if you're traveling with one.