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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Traveller rating

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Jul 17, 2021 steber135

While entering our room, the bad smell was enough for us to turn around immediately, and drive back to the front desk. Our second room, in a building even further back on the property smelled just as bad. We figured, “Let’s just go to the pool and cool off”. The bottom of the pool in the deep end was so gross looking. I don’t know if it was… Read more
While entering our room, the bad smell was enough for us to turn around immediately, and drive back to the front desk. Our second room, in a building even further back on the property smelled just as bad. We figured, “Let’s just go to the pool and cool off”. The bottom of the pool in the deep end was so gross looking. I don’t know if it was just dirt or many, many rust spots. It was just awful looking. The warmer pool temperature wasn’t a big deal, but the poor quality lounge chairs and lack of shade was ridiculous. They really can’t provide ANY umbrellas around the pool??? After my husband burned his hand on the ladder getting out of the pool and having no shaded area around the pool, we lasted about 10 min before we left. Others were just as irritated. We went to the general store and could not believe the prices. It was ridiculous. We grabbed a few soft drinks, and then after reviewing the menu at the hotel restaurant, we decided to drive over an hour away, for dinner. I really wish we would have made reservations at the Inn, instead of the ranch. The photos of their pool, alone, would have been well worth the $400 price tag. We really overpaid for the Ranch. Very outdated. We were glad to leave early the next morning. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Do not stay here

Jul 11, 2021 KF1890 New York City, New York

Originally booked a day 1/2 here but left early. The hotel room was dirty as was the hallway. Multiple doors to empty unserviced rooms were left open. When I went to get something from the car I came back in & there were 2 bullfrogs in the hallways. Then when I went to turn down my bed for the night spiders crawled out. Not to mention the hotel… Read more
Originally booked a day 1/2 here but left early. The hotel room was dirty as was the hallway. Multiple doors to empty unserviced rooms were left open. When I went to get something from the car I came back in & there were 2 bullfrogs in the hallways. Then when I went to turn down my bed for the night spiders crawled out. Not to mention the hotel restaurant price gouges you- $150 for 2 sandals 2 beers & a thing if ribs. Save yourself stay at an air b&b. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Why have they let the pool fall into disrepair?

Jul 8, 2021 m_j_s_23563 Hoboken, New Jersey

This was our second time at the Ranch at Death Valley. The location is great, right in the middle of the park. The staff were friendly and the restaurant was pleasant and we ate there a few times. The shop was useful for gifts and for snacks/drinks throughout the day. Our room had a strange musky smell to it, so we changed as soon as we got it.… Read more
This was our second time at the Ranch at Death Valley. The location is great, right in the middle of the park. The staff were friendly and the restaurant was pleasant and we ate there a few times. The shop was useful for gifts and for snacks/drinks throughout the day. Our room had a strange musky smell to it, so we changed as soon as we got it. We wondered if it was just us but we were approach by someone else who had the same problem asking if our room smelled musky too. We recommended they ask to switch ASAP. The biggest disappointment was how the hotel had let the pool area fall into such disrepair. It seems like elsewhere the hotel is underground renovations and perhaps the pool is lined up to be done in the future. But as it stands it seemed to be a bad condition. There were many workers eating in the same restaurant as guests so clearly covid hasn't stopped that work from going ahead. The gates going into it often didn't work with your room key which might mean you can't get in unless someone else lets you (it seems like everyone understood to leave the security gates ajar?). All of the paint was coming off the dilapidated main building as it appeared to fall apart. All of the chair s and loungers seemed broken and stained. The bottom of the pool seemed dirty and wasn't being maintained and/or painted/repaired. Surrounding one end of the pool was a load of dirty and torn tarps which looked especially bad and easily fixable. The spring fed pool is the highlight of this hotel so, even allowing for covid, how the management had let it get into this state is a mystery. Fix the gate, give it a lick of paint, replace the broken gates, buy and secure a few new tarp - how hard could this possibly be? Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A pleasant surprise

Jul 2, 2021 Jackie A

This place was a pleasant surprise. Given that they seem to be the only operation in Death Valley, I didn’t have high expectations. Lovely property, decent rooms, beautiful and well-stocked general store. They just need to provide more directions for the reception, for there a few scattered properties, and no signs of which is which,nor where… Read more
This place was a pleasant surprise. Given that they seem to be the only operation in Death Valley, I didn’t have high expectations. Lovely property, decent rooms, beautiful and well-stocked general store. They just need to provide more directions for the reception, for there a few scattered properties, and no signs of which is which,nor where reception is. Good wifi! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Views with Expensive Meals

Jun 25, 2021 Lori I Owings, Maryland

The view was beautiful. The room was nice and clean. It was very comfortable for us. The pool was refreshing, but could use a good vacuuming. The food was very good, but expensive. We needed to eat three meals a day there which became quite costly. They are able to price gouge as it's the only restaurant around for miles. It would be nice to… Read more
The view was beautiful. The room was nice and clean. It was very comfortable for us. The pool was refreshing, but could use a good vacuuming. The food was very good, but expensive. We needed to eat three meals a day there which became quite costly. They are able to price gouge as it's the only restaurant around for miles. It would be nice to have some offerings that are half the size for considerably less. Every employee we came in contact with were accommodating and friendly. Read less