Escape the chills of winter with an eco-friendly getaway to the hottest destination in the states, naturally abundant Death Valley. Steeped in history and full of geological wonders, Death Valley is the ideal destination for an intriguing day trip, a relaxing weekend vacation, or an adventurous extended stay.
Death Valley Accommodations
There are only a handful of lodging options located within Death Valley National Park. The 4-diamond Inn at Furnace Creek is the premier choice for a luxurious and pampering stay. Operated by eco-conscience Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the Inn at Furnace Creek features 66 spacious guest rooms and suites with magnificent views of the desert. Lush gardens, a spring-fed pool, tennis courts, spa services, and gourmet dining complete the experience.
For accommodations that are a bit more eco-friendly but not quite as luxurious, consider the Atomic Inn in nearby Beatty, NV. Recently renovated, the classic retro lodge boasts a solar hot water heater and line-dried linens, as well as a xeriscaped landscape with native vegetation, LED and fluorescent lighting, and recycled toilet tissue.
Low Impact Attractions
From hiking and biking to indulgent treats and amazing sights, there are plenty of eco-friendly opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of Death Valley. Spend an hour or a day exploring the desert wonders on foot or schedule an Escape Adventure camping excursion and enjoy the area while cycling, accompanied by a vegetable oil fueled support vehicle.
China Ranch Date Farm
Located just outside of Death Valley National Park, China Ranch is a working family farm that cultivates a unique variety of chemical-free dates. Visitors can learn more about the history of the area in the small onsite museum or explore the native wildlife by hiking one of the many trails within the ranch. The China Ranch date shop offers a delectable selection of homemade products, including date cookies, date bread, and a one-of-a-kind date shake.
Incredible Adventures Eco Tour
Explore the most fascinating sights in Death Valley from the comfort of a biodiesel motor coach. The 13-hour eco tour of Death Valley leaves from Las Vegas and includes breakfast, as well as a picnic lunch. The guided expedition takes a look at the most popular desert attractions, including the Uhehebe Crater, National Park headquarters in Furnace Creek, and the Rhiolite ghost town.
When to Visit
Summers are extreme in Death Valley with temperatures often exceeding 120 degrees so the best time to plan your vacation is between October and May. The Inn at Furnace Creek is closed for summer, but most attractions, restaurants, and lodging facilities are open for those who want to brave the desert heat. Spring is the most popular time to visit, offering cooler temperatures and the chance to view magnificent wildflower displays, but is also the most crowded season.
By Danielle Bullard