Last Updated on March 28, 2024

Not only is Death Valley in the northern Mohave Desert one of the hottest places on Earth, but California State Highway 190 may be one of the loneliest roads in the country. The highway runs through some of the 3,000,000 acres that is Death Valley National Park and connects Los Angeles with Las Vegas.

It’s also one of the most stunning, humbling, and beautiful rides in America, all surrounded by the largest national park in the lower 48.

There’s always the question of where to stop for gas, food, sightseeing or to just stretch your legs in this desert destination.

Stay at The Oasis

One of the coolest rest stops on the planet is The Oasis at Death Valley. Originally built in 1927, the historic, four-diamond, mission-style Inn at Death Valley reopened at the end of 2018 after a $250 million restoration.

The property features 66 elegantly updated rooms, a renovated fine dining restaurant and cocktail lounge, a new Tranquility Spa, verandas with sweeping views of Death Valley and the Panamint Mountains, opulent gardens, and a stunning spring-fed pool (naturally staying at 87 degrees). Bordering  a new pool café are numerous cabanas. Lush palm trees and flowering bougainvillea adorn the grounds.

Twenty-two private, one-bedroom casitas were added, providing a new level of guest accommodations to the resort. In addition, the new Mission Gardens offers a stunning space for quiet reflection or the perfect location for a wedding or special event. The entire property is now adorned with amazing Western art, and the outdoor terraces are properly shaded and furnished to provide a true inside/outside experience.

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Stay at The Ranch

The Oasis at Death Valley aerial view.
The Oasis at Death Valley aerial view. Photo courtesy of Xanterra Travel Collection

The family-friendly sister property on the resort, the sprawling Ranch at Death Valley, features 195 guest rooms and 80 one-bedroom cottages with private patios. The property is perfect for families and golfers alike, emerging after extensive renovations including the transformation into a mission-style town square, complete with towering date palms and a courtyard that elegantly welcomes guests into a streamlined reception area.

New retail and food and beverage facilities, including an old-time soda fountain and ice cream parlor, the 1849 Restaurant featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner, and The Last Kind Words Saloon – the heartbeat of the property – create a central hub for entertainment and socialization.

The Ranch also offers an 18-hole golf course at the lowest elevation in the world at 214 feet below sea level and a natural spring-fed pool.

Though summer brings the highest temperatures (the highest on record at 134 degrees F), other times of the year offer cooler temperatures and during the Death Valley super bloom each spring, one of the driest places on the planet is blanketed with stunning multi-hued wildflowers.

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