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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Dec 6, 2020 Mike B Newport Beach, California

1. If you are a vet you are entitled to a discount, but you have to ask at time of booking. If booking on line, phone Ranch directly and they will adjust your cost. 2. Protest the "Resort Fees." Yes, you can use the pool till 11:00PM, but it's usually filled with kids playing Marco Polo.................unless you have kids and you want them out… Read more
1. If you are a vet you are entitled to a discount, but you have to ask at time of booking. If booking on line, phone Ranch directly and they will adjust your cost. 2. Protest the "Resort Fees." Yes, you can use the pool till 11:00PM, but it's usually filled with kids playing Marco Polo.................unless you have kids and you want them out of your hair. 3. Dinner is expensive here. Consider getting a pizza at the ice cream place next to the General Store and eating it out by the fountain. Bring your own beverage. 4. They have an electric charge station for electric cars. 5. Make sure you see one of only two twenty Mule Team Borax wagons combinations ever made. It's slowly rotting away in the outdoor museum. 6. Consider coming here between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The weather is perfect, the crowds lite and sometimes the price is reasonable. 7. If you feel the price here is too high, with those pesky "Resort Fees" consider staying in Beatty Nevada at the El Portal. Decent and MUCH less expensive. It's about an hour away but the drive is beautiful. Read less
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Nov 29, 2020 Y891QFjoshuag

This hotel is only able to charge these prices due to complete lack of competition. Whoafully overpriced—for accommodation, sundries and restaurants. They lack pride in their service. The public areas are decent, the website looks good, but the rooms are old, minimally cleaned, poorly stocked (we had no toiletries at all). This place may have been… Read more
This hotel is only able to charge these prices due to complete lack of competition. Whoafully overpriced—for accommodation, sundries and restaurants. They lack pride in their service. The public areas are decent, the website looks good, but the rooms are old, minimally cleaned, poorly stocked (we had no toiletries at all). This place may have been lovely once but it is on the back nine now. It’s really too bad because it has serious opportunity to be a first-class destination in a remarkable locale. Read less
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Nov 27, 2020 rudysnapple

I'll start with a disclaimer: it takes a lot for me to be disappointed on vacation, but this place managed to do it. Management/Hospitality: - To start off, The Ranch at Furnace Creek has a sister hotel a couple minutes down the road called The Oasis. In an incredibly inconvenient business model, the hotel registration/concierge desk for both… Read more
I'll start with a disclaimer: it takes a lot for me to be disappointed on vacation, but this place managed to do it. Management/Hospitality: - To start off, The Ranch at Furnace Creek has a sister hotel a couple minutes down the road called The Oasis. In an incredibly inconvenient business model, the hotel registration/concierge desk for both hotels was at the Oasis. Therefore, you have to drive to a separate hotel in order to check-in or communicate with staff regarding your stay the The Ranch. - In what was an absolute logistical nightmare, check-in consisted of a 60-minute wait in a mob of people. I'm not sure if staff was just not prepared or if this is the norm, but guests were forced to create our own lines and order while we waited for an hour to check-in (see photos). - We booked 3 nights at The Ranch, however after night 1 our room key cards no longer worked. We had to contact customer service only to be told to return to the check-in lobby so our cards could be correctly coded. I had the pleasure of waiting in another 45-min line to resolve a mistake I did not cause. Location - The Ranch is located right in the middle of the park, which is convenient when wanting to visit various different sites. Room - As other guests have stated, walls are paper thin. No exaggeration when I say that a conversation in the room next door sounds like it is happening within your room. Very significant lack of privacy. - Room seemed pretty dated and stale. Food - Very limited food options within the hotel area. You have the choice of 2 very expensive restaurants and an expensive deli. The Last Kind Words Saloon had a very cool theme and decorations (see photo), just be prepared to eat standard food for $40+ per plate. - If you plan on staying several days, I recommend driving over to Stovepipe Wells area where they have more options at reasonable prices. Miscellaneous - There is a horseback riding experience located onsite of The Ranch that I definitely recommend! Great prices and was well worth it. Check The Ranch's website for info. - There is also a little outdoor museum worth looking at that is located onsite. Summary - As you'll read in several other reviews, The Ranch falls very short in terms of expectations at the price range this hotel falls in. Being that they are one of the few hotel "resorts" in the Park, it seems like they lack the motivation from other competitors. Due to my experience, I recommend taking your business elsewhere in the Park. Read less
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Nov 22, 2020 howardkIII

Does what you need it to. Reasonable rooms at a decent price. All the services you would want and the food was pretty good. Actually preferred the meals at the ranch vs the more expensive, upscale “inn”. Save your money and eat here
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Nov 19, 2020 KatyD12345 Los Angeles, California

I received a marketing email about road tripping to Death Valley National Park and the Oasis at Death Valley was the recommended lodging. So I had to add this to my recent road trip through Eastern California. This hotel has some pluses and minuses, but overall I was comfortable staying here. There are two properties owned by this company - The… Read more
I received a marketing email about road tripping to Death Valley National Park and the Oasis at Death Valley was the recommended lodging. So I had to add this to my recent road trip through Eastern California. This hotel has some pluses and minuses, but overall I was comfortable staying here. There are two properties owned by this company - The Ranch at Death Valley and The Inn at Death Valley. The Inn is their higher end location. I stayed at the Ranch. The grounds of the hotel is beautiful and well kept. There’s a general store and restaurant on-site. However, you should make reservations for dinner because the restaurant gets booked fast and the next location to get a bite to eat is about a 45 minute drive away. There is also a pool onsite. The staff was friendly and very helpful! We discussed our plans for the day and they gave suggestions that helped me save some time. They also gave tips on navigating the desert safely. With that said, the hotel is a bit dated and there is visible wear and tear in the lodging buildings such as worn and/or torn carpeting. However, the rooms are clean. Overall, I would consider staying here again. Read less