Provided by Farabee Jeeps, the vehicles can be rented for 2.5 hours for $99, a half-day for $165 and full day for $265. All of the Jeeps have been customized with two-inch lifts and highly durable six-ply tires. The Jeeps can be reserved by calling 1-760-786-3373.
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, including several hundred miles of unimproved roads that can only 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 appropriate 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 plane 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 resort in courtesy shuttles.”
Jones noted several backcountry attractions that can only be accessed by four-wheel-drive vehicles. They include the Race Track, 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, horseback-riding and relaxing by one of two spring-fed pools.
The Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort has been welcoming guests since the 1930s. Open from mid-October through mid-May, the Furnace Creek Inn 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 Furnace Creek Ranch. 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 Inn & Ranch Resort, call toll free at 1-800-236-7916 or 1-303-297-2757 or go to www.furnacecreekresort.com