Death Valley Oasis: An American Experience

After five years and $150 million, The Oasis at Death Valley offers “living room” vacation accommodations in its 80 newly opened cottages. Located in the middle of the largest national park in the lower 48 states, The Oasis at Death Valley is a true American oasis.

The legendary Borax 20 Mule Teams drank there, and the 1920s Hollywood resort and “town” is complete with spring-fed pools, palm groves (and an entire ecosystem thanks to the waters), shops, restaurants, a saloon, ice cream parlor, post office, gas station, and Furnace Creek golf course.

Playing 214 feet below sea level, Furnace Creek is the lowest golf course in the world.

Each self-contained one-bedroom cottage has approximately 400 square feet and offers the choice of two queen beds or one king bed. (Photo courtesy of Death Valley Oasis)

Now here comes The Cottages: Each self-contained one-bedroom cottage has approximately 400 square feet of living space and offers the choice of two queen beds or one king bed.

Lined up on their own street, the cottages are essentially a neighborhood between the town square and the golf course. Designed for families, getaways with friends, and people looking for a little more living space in their home, Cottages balance the more formal rooms and hidden casitas of the Inn and the very laid-back rooms of the ranch.

Ideal for families and golfers, the cottages are located within walking distance of the ranch town square. This communal setting serves as the main business and social district for the resort, comprised of eco-friendly and energy-efficient buildings, while towering palm trees shade the nearby promenade. The immaculately landscaped courtyard features a vibrant garden-like setting with a central fountain for guests to gather.

Oasis in Death Valley
Death Valley’s new and improved ranch. The sprawling 3-diamond hotel was part of a $100 million revival and is Death Valley’s vibrant hub of activity. (Photo courtesy of Death Valley Oasis)

The town square features new retail stores, a restored lounge, and a vintage ice cream parlor to add extra charm. The Desert Outfitters caters to all activity-related needs, while the general store on the square is not only stocked with basic groceries, but also fine wines and eclectic souvenirs. For those looking for a truly unique souvenir, The Oasis Shoppe offers local jewelry, Western clothing, and Native American art. The heart of the property – The Last Kind Words Saloon – creates a center for entertainment and socializing.

Death Valley Oasis is privately owned and operated because it existed long before the national park. Located deep in the valley below The Inn at Death Valley and next to the National Park Service Visitor Center, The Ranch at Death Valley retains its own identity, history, and atmosphere.

Native Americans knew the oasis (and a tribe still resides in Death Valley), ’49ers passed through here on their way to the California Gold Rush, and Borax Mule crews rested here for food and water.

Furnace Creek Golf Course in Death Valley
Furnace Creek Golf Course in Death Valley, California is the lowest golf course in the world by elevation. (Photo courtesy of Oasis in Death Valley)

While the most upscale hostel looks straight out of a Hollywood movie (and was certainly one of Southern California’s favourites, and still is), The Ranch was developed and improved over time.

Once a veritable ranch, it now has 275 rooms that open onto expansive lawns, patios and balconies, and an enormous spring-fed natural pool.

In addition to golf, the property offers hiking, biking, horseback riding, and jeep tours, as well as extraordinarily dark skies, where the Milky Way can be seen with the naked eye.

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