Did you know that Death Valley is only 100 miles west of Las Vegas? I know you wouldn’t want to go there in the summer; however it is nice to go see at other times of the year and take in the beauty of the park.
A major lands bill was approved by Congress last week and part of this bill is to add over 35,000 acres to Death Valley National Park that presently is 3.4 million acres. In 1849 a party of pioneers taking a shortcut to the goldfields of California stumbled into what is known now as Death Valley. The pioneers were desperate for water, and they too found salvation in the springs at Furnace Creek – one of the few areas in the park that has civilization.
Before the pioneers, the Timbisha Shoshone Indians lived in the valley for centuries. They hunted and followed seasonal migrations for harvesting of pinyon pine nuts and mesquite beans with their families. To them, the land provided everything they needed and many areas were, and are, considered to be sacred places.
Over the years from the mid to late 1800’s many distinct groups of miners and settlers came through Death Valley – for more information click on this link https://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm
Presently you can explore this national park however it is advised to go on a guided tour. There are also several hotels and other lodging in Death Valley. The Stovepipe Wells Village concession offers resort accommodations and limited recreational vehicle camping with full hookups in the Stovepipe Wells area. The Inn at Death Valley is a privately-owned historic inn that provides first class resort accommodations in the Furnace Creek area. There is also the Ranch at Death Valley (formerly Furnace Creek Ranch) that currently is undergoing extensive remodeling. The private Panamint Springs Resort offers resort accommodations and camping. There is also Scotty’s Castle that is closed until 2020 due to extensive flooding in the Grapevine Canyon from a severe thunderstorm that has destroyed the road to Scotty’s Castle and caused damage to buildings in this area.
There are many camp grounds available if you like to “rough it”. There are also many places to eat from fine dining in the hotels to more casual eating spots and a few general stores where you can get a sandwich and supplies.
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