Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley's Furnace Creek Resort Offers Self-Drive Jeep Rentals

February 18, 2010, 7:12 am

The Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park has announced that self-drive Jeep rentals are now available to its guests and Death Valley visitors. The new Jeeps give visitors who arrive at the park in rental or two-wheel-drive vehicles 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 Jeeps 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.  And due to the lack of ambient light, the night sky above Death Valley is absolutely breathtaking.

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 Museum.

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.