Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park now offers self-drive Jeep rentals to its guests and visitors. The new Jeeps give visitors an opportunity to explore some of the park’s
rugged backcountry areas.
The service is provided by Farabee Jeeps, and the vehicles can be
rented for 24-hour periods for $175 for a two-door vehicle and $195 for a
four-door model. All of the Jeep Wranglers have been customized with
two-inch lifts and highly durable six-ply tires. The vehicles can be reserved
by calling toll-free 1-877-970-5337 or locally at 1-760-786-9872.
Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the
continental United States, with more than 3.3 million acres. Only two
percent of the park is developed leaving huge areas open for exploration.
There are several hundred miles of unimproved roads that can best be
accessed by four-wheel-drive, high-clearance vehicles. Vehicles are not
permitted to drive off roads within park boundaries.
“Many of our guests arrive at Death Valley National Park in
rental vehicles with restrictions or in two-wheel-drive vehicles that are
not adequate to drive to some of the park’s backcountry attractions,
and I know these guests will appreciate having the option of renting a Jeep
for the day so they can explore the park’s rugged areas,” said
Rich Jones, regional general manager of Xanterra Parks & Resorts’
operations in Death Valley. “We expect the Jeep rental service also
to be popular with the many private pilots who arrive on our airstrip but
have no means to explore the park beyond the resort. Pilots are transported
from the air strip to the resort in courtesy shuttles.”
Jones noted several backcountry attractions that can only be accessed
by four-wheel-drive vehicles. They include the Racetrack, where rocks
mysteriously slide across the dry lake bed leaving behind long tracks;
Titus Canyon, featuring a ghost town, ancient petroglyphs, and deep,
winding narrows; Geologist’s Cabin, a remote stone cabin; and Barker
Ranch, a private ranch that was the last holdout of Charles Manson and his
followers before his 1969 capture.
In addition to the Jeep rentals, guests have a choice of many other
activities at the resort including hiking, golfing, cycling,
horseback-riding and relaxing by one of two spring-fed pools. Death Valley is also a favorite among photographers
and star-gazers. The park’s famous wildflowers will begin
blooming soon, providing a colorful welcome to visitors.
The Furnace Creek Resort has been welcoming guests since the 1930s.
Open from mid-October through mid-May, the Inn at Furnace Creek is an AAA
Four Diamond-rated property featuring 66 rooms and two suites with a full
array of amenities, fine dining, tennis courts and a spring-fed pool. Open
year-round is the Ranch at Furnace Creek. Situated adjacent to the golf
course, the Ranch features 224 rooms in a casual setting, general store,
spring-fed swimming pool, tennis courts, horseback riding and the Borax
For more information about facilities in Death Valley National Park or
to make room reservations at Furnace Creek Resort, call toll free at
1-800-236-7916 or 1-303-297-2757 or go to www.furnacecreekresort.com.