Death Valley National Park spans 3.4 million acres and will keep you toasty warm this summer. By warm I mean somewhere in the 120°F range (49°C) so it’s not just time for sunscreen it’s also time to keep your shoes off the pavement or they might melt.
If, like me, you have teenagers you know that they love staying up all night and lounging around all day so a trip to The Ranch at Furnace Creek during the summertime might not be so crazy after all. You see the magic is at night.
Death Valley is one of just eight designated Dark Sky Places in the United States where stargazers can view the Milky Way with the naked eye. My dream day at the Ranch in Furnace Creek would begin with an early morning swim followed by brunch sometime around 11. In my world “early morning is 9am” followed by a nap. Sometime in the late afternoon I might check out the ghost town from behind the wheel of my air conditioned car, I’d also try a trip to the Amargosa Opera House. The opera house keeps odd hours and your best bet is to call over there 760-852-4432 to see if there’s a tour or stage show happening.
In the hottest part of the afternoon I’d probably play some board games with the kids or read a book and relax a little more. We’d have dinner and then wait patiently for the sun to set. Because this is why people love the area.
Bring your telescope or rent one online and prepare to settle in with your family to really see our solar system in a way that most of America never will.
It will be easy to stay up most of the night and explore the skies. You’ll also find that kids love to chat when you’re all looking in the same direction.
The Ranch at Furnace Creek has cabins as well as standard and deluxe hotel rooms. They are located at Highway 190, Death Valley, CA 92328. Phone (760) 786-2345