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Open Road to Death Valley!
by Mark Sedenquist

Trail to viewpoint
Trail to viewpoint above the Furnace Creek Inn

Northward vista
Vista to the north from the viewpoint

Furnace Creek Inn
Furnace Creek Inn

The bar at Furnace Creek Inn
Try a "Perfect 10"
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On your next visit to Death Valley, be sure to take a few moments and check out the wonder of the garden oasis on the grounds of the Furnace Creek Inn. The lobby has a stunning view of the Panamint Mountains -- snow-capped in winter and spring -- that contrast with the dry-lake bed below. The restaurant serves four-star entrees, and the bar serves one of my all-time favorite single malt whiskeys. Another libation not to missed -- if you are NOT DRIVING -- is the "Perfect 10 Martini". If the weather isn't too hot, I would also recommend walking up the trail behind the Inn to the observation structure you can see on the hill. From there, you can see amazing views in all directions. There are loose rocks on the narrow, steep trail (I wouldn't recommend it if you have any fear of drop-offs), but the view at both sunrise and sunset is magical. Speaking of magic, I was amazed to discover that the wildflower bloom is still thriving, albeit at higher elevations than those we witnessed in March, but if you don't waste any time, there is still time to see another once-in-a-century event -- the 2005 Wildflower Extravanganza.

Mark Sedenquist
May 1, 2005


Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort

Death Valley National Park

Caltrans Office - Death Valley Area

Road Conditions - Caltrans

National Weather Service 08/15/04 Storm Report
(Very cool satellite imagery)

National Park Service Photos of Damage

Death Valley Web Cam


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