After five years and $150 million, The Oasis at Death Valley has vacation accommodations with “living room” in its newly-opened 80 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 watered there, and the 1920 era Hollywood-esque resort and “town” is complete with spring fed pools, date palm groves (and an entire eco-system thanks to the waters), stores, restaurants, a saloon, ice cream parlor, post office, gas station and Furnace Creek Golf Course.
Playing at 214 feet below sea level, Furnace Creek is the lowest elevation golf course in the world.
Now comes The Cottages: each stand-alone, one-bedroom cottage features approximately 400 square feet of living space and provides the choice of either two queen beds or one king bed.
Lined up on their own street, the cottages basically a neighborhood between the resort’s Town Square and golf course. Designed for families, friends’ getaways and people looking for a bit more living space in their accommodations, The Cottages balance out the more formal rooms and tucked away Casitas at The Inn, and very casual rooms at The Ranch.
Ideal for families and golfers alike, The Cottages are located within walking distance to The Ranch’s Town Square. This communal setting serves as the primary business and social district for the resort, composed of eco-friendly and energy-efficient buildings, while majestic palm trees shade the nearby walkway. The flawlessly landscaped courtyard presents a vibrant garden-like setting complete with a central fountain for guests to gather.
The Town Square includes new retail shops, a restored saloon, and a vintage ice cream parlor to add extra charm. The Desert Outfitters provides all activity-based needs, while the square’s General Store is not only stocked with basic provisions, but fine wines and eclectic souvenirs. For those looking for a truly unique memento, The Oasis Shoppe offers local jewelry, Western wear, and Native American art. The heartbeat of the property – The Last Kind Words Saloon – creates a central hub for entertainment and socialization.
The Oasis at Death Valley is privately owned and operated because it existed long before the national park. Set on the valley floor below The Inn at Death Valley and next to the National Park Service Visitor Center, The Ranch at Death Valley maintains its own identity, history, and atmosphere.
Native Americans knew about the oasis (and a tribe still resides in Death Valley), the ‘49ers cut through here on the way to the California gold rush, and the Borax Mule teams rested here for food and water.
While the more upscale Inn seems right out of a Hollywood movie (and certainly was a favorite, and still is, of those in Southern California), The Ranch was developed and improved over time.
At one time an actual ranch, it now has 275 rooms that open onto broad lawn, patios and balconies, as well as an enormous natural spring-fed pool.
In addition to golf, the property offers hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and Jeep tours, along with extraordinarily dark skies, where one can view the Milky Way with the naked eye.