Wildflowers? In Death Valley? Yes – you’re reading this correctly. In addition to being one of the most picturesque places in the country, Death Valley is also home to some of the most magnificent wildflowers the U.S. has to offer. While the density of wildflowers varies each year, the fact that wildflowers bloom in this harsh environment defies logic. And the ideal spot to soak-in the upcoming traditional blooming season is Furnace Creek Resort, a true American oasis in the middle of the 3.4 million acre national park.
Mother Nature is set to give the fields of wildflowers found throughout Death Valley the green light to bloom and quickly. With average temperatures of 73 degrees in February, 82 degrees in March, and 90 degrees in April, now is the ideal time to book a trip and explore Furnace Creek and all the national park has to offer, both during the day and at night.
Travelers in-the-know will take advantage of the lighter travel period of January and early February by taking advantage of Furnace Creek Resort’s “prospector rates” offering 30% discounts off select dates at the Inn at Furnace Creek (Jan. 11-12 and 29) and at the Ranch at Furnace Creek (Jan. 4-5, 18, 22-23, 25-26 and Feb. 5-6).
The blooming season means rooms at Furnace Creek’s two distinct experiences are booking FAST. Warm-weather-bound travelers can choose from accommodations at the family-friendly Ranch at Furnace Creek, with its towering palm trees and true oasis atmosphere situated on the desert floor, or the more sophisticated and refined Inn at Furnace Creek. Fed by spring waters, The Ranch boasts a large pool, golf course (the lowest on Earth), post office, general store, casual dining restaurants, horseback riding and 224 rooms. The Borax Museum, with artifacts large and small including some of the original 20 Mule Team Wagon trains, also calls The Ranch home, as does a nearby landing strip. The Death Valley National Park visitor center is also within walking distance.
For a more sophisticated and refined experience, the romantic, four diamond, historic, Inn at Furnace Creek, nestled into the mountainside where the spring bubbles forth, was built in the late 1920s by the Borax Company and features 66 elegant rooms, fine dining, verandas with sweeping views of Death Valley, opulent gardens, a stunning spring-fed pool (maintaining a constant temperature of 85 degrees), tennis courts and pool-side massages.
And there is plenty to do – or not do. For active vacationers, activities range from hiking, cycling, and Jeep treks to horseback riding and golf. The lush oasis also attracts wildlife such as roadrunners and coyotes, and it is also one of the only gold-tier designated International Dark Sky Parks in the United States where stargazers can actually see the Milky Way with the naked eye.
For additional information, call 800-236-7916 or visit www.furnacecreekresort.com. Furnace Creek Resort is two hours west of Las Vegas by car and a four-hour drive from Los Angeles.