The Ranch at Death Valley

Death Valley, Kings Canyon and Death Valley

The hotel

Adjacent to the National Park Visitors' Centre, the ranch is actually located inside Death Valley National Park. In the 1800s it was a working ranch. Today it maintains its Western-style theme and even has a Borax Mining Museum on site with antique stage coaches! The spring-fed swimming pool is perfect for cooling down, or head to the Corkscrew Saloon for a refreshing drink. As well as tennis courts, Furnace Creek boasts the lowest golf course on Earth and in the Wrangler Buffet, a substantial Western meal will satisfy even the largest of appetites.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Children’s Playground
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service
  • Near National Park
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Dramatic location inside Death Valley National Park.

Hotel information

224 rooms in single- and 2-story buildings with no lifts. All with air-conditioning, ceiling fan, in-room coffee maker, fridge and hairdryer. Film and game rentals*. Standard Rooms with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Corkscrew Saloon. Wrangler Steakhouse. 49er Café. 19th Hole restaurant (Oct-May). Scenic Hiking and walking from Oct-May. Swimming pool. Tennis court. Basketball. Golf course*. Hiking. Horse and carriage rides (Oct-mid May). Children's playground. General store. Iron and board on request. Self-parking available*.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: The Ranch at Death Valley operates on a limited basis during the months of Jul-Aug.

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating A little old but cosy

May 22, 2019 JacquesM537 Mont Tremblant, Canada

This is a nice place with all the amenities, pool (great), golf, store, etc The restaurant is nice with a limited choice but good The rooms needs some tlc but are clean We appreciate our stay and recommend this hotel because of its fair price and great pool
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May 21, 2019 Joann C

The Ranch was an old hotel worse than a Motel 8 quality. Our room were dirty,bug ridden, and lacked any recent updated maintenance. The front desk clerk lacked any emotions when registering. The rooms are extremely overpriced but it was fun to stay in Death Valley. The food in the steakhouse is extremely overpriced. I would not recommend the… Read more
The Ranch was an old hotel worse than a Motel 8 quality. Our room were dirty,bug ridden, and lacked any recent updated maintenance. The front desk clerk lacked any emotions when registering. The rooms are extremely overpriced but it was fun to stay in Death Valley. The food in the steakhouse is extremely overpriced. I would not recommend the place at all. Go up on hill for The Inn at the oasis. It cost more but seems worth it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating It could have been better

May 20, 2019 Bridgeplayer992 London, United Kingdom

Having driven 9 hours to get to the hotel, it was somewhat disconcerting to be met by a receptionist who obviously had never been taught to say please when asking for something or to give eye contact when asking. As ‘we were late’ we were told it was first come first served. We were given a map and a brief description of where to find our room in… Read more
Having driven 9 hours to get to the hotel, it was somewhat disconcerting to be met by a receptionist who obviously had never been taught to say please when asking for something or to give eye contact when asking. As ‘we were late’ we were told it was first come first served. We were given a map and a brief description of where to find our room in a block at the end of the property. It was dark and we spent some time trying to find our room, luckily an employee was passing and pointed us in the right direction. There was no lift to the first floor and we had to drag our cases up the steps. The room was basic. The bar overpriced but a surprisingly good buffet breakfast. As it is in the middle of nowhere, it is obviously going to be pricey. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Expensive but with truly amazing views of the surrounding mountains!

May 16, 2019 ktnivek Chandler, Arizona

Liked the fact that the rooms were clean and the staff were friendly. The downside is that the rooms are kind of dated for the prices being in the luxury range. Still the amenities are nice to have considering you are staying at a hotel in the middle of a desert named Death Valley. We took advantage of the "natural spring-fed pool" and the… Read more
Liked the fact that the rooms were clean and the staff were friendly. The downside is that the rooms are kind of dated for the prices being in the luxury range. Still the amenities are nice to have considering you are staying at a hotel in the middle of a desert named Death Valley. We took advantage of the "natural spring-fed pool" and the water was surprisingly warm despite it being incredibly windy while we stayed within the park. The colorful views of the surrounding mountains were quite spectacular especially during sunrise and sunset. One downside to being in the middle of nowhere is that everything within the park in terms of food and supplies needs to be trucked in from elsewhere and so prices tend to be on the expensive end. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating It Was Just Okay.....

May 12, 2019 cogaha Apex, NC

One thing about Death Valley National Park is that if you are going to have any time at all exploring, you really have to stay in the park, and there are just a few options, so in many ways, you have to take what you can. This hotel provided us a place to stay in a really convenient area of the park, and that is the best thing about it. We were… Read more
One thing about Death Valley National Park is that if you are going to have any time at all exploring, you really have to stay in the park, and there are just a few options, so in many ways, you have to take what you can. This hotel provided us a place to stay in a really convenient area of the park, and that is the best thing about it. We were in the 900 building, which is located at the back of the property and adjacent to a golf course. Things we liked about the room were the little porch outside with rocking chairs and the beds were really comfortable, which is crucial. The bedding seemed new, and the bathroom was updated with new tile and fixtures. So the room was fine -- on the good side of average. The hallway leading to the rooms was dark with really low ceilings and it smelled really gross -- the carpet looked like it had not been replaced in a number of years. The walkway to get into the building had an area where the pavement was missing, and this was covered with a piece of steel that was slippery when it was wet. So the room was okay but the area outside the room was definitely not. The food situation here was really problematic for us. There is a really nice restaurant that charged more than we were willing to pay (when we were there the first menu item was a steak for over $100). The staff there explained that there is a buffet sometimes, but it was not open that night (it was open the next night when we found out that it was around $30 per person, which was crazy). They directed us to the ice cream shop where we could order pizza or a hot dog. We got a pizza, two salads, and three soft drinks - and it was over $60. When we got back to our room with the food, the salads were mostly just lettuce (very few toppings) and I really think the pizza was a frozen pizza that they heated up -- it was NOT good. The next day we found out that the general store on the property has a wide variety of sandwiches and salads, and compared to everything else here, the food was reasonable in price and good. For the rest of our trip, all our meals came from the general store. You can take in your own coffee cup and fill it up. They have ice cream and fresh fruit and all kinds of snacks, so for us, this was the way to go! I think that this property has a lot of potential -- there is a golf course, pool, post office, and a lovely outdoor area with a fountain. They seem to be doing some updates, so maybe all the buildings will get new carpet, etc. I think that would help, but most of all, there needs to be some better food options -- a restaurant with mid-priced entrees that is family-oriented would be a welcome addition. With limited options in the park, we would stay here again -- but we would wish for an overall experience that reflects the prices charged for lodging. Read less