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What to do around Furnace Creek

Death Valley National Park

A brick building with a covered path, and a large thermometer out front.
Topic(s) Ancient Seas, Canyons and Canyonlands, Geology, Mineral Deposits, Scenic Views, Roads, Routes and Highways, Asian American Heritage, Mining, Night Sky, Astronomy, Trains and Railroads, Westward Expansion, Freshwater Springs, Native American Heritage, The Gold Rush, Wilderness
Activities Scenic Driving, Self-Guided Tours - Walking, Museum Exhibits
Parks Death Valley National Park

  • Death Valley National Park

    Harmony Borax Works Self Guided Walk

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Self-Guided Tours - Walking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Harmony Borax Works parking area
    • Duration: 15–35 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Two adults and a child look at a waist high sign next to a wooden and metal wagon in the desert.

    Harmony Borax Works was the central feature in the opening of Death Valley and the subsequent popularity of the Furnace Creek area. The 1/4 mi (0.4 km) paved walking path leads you back in time as you explore the ruins of the plant and associated townsite, and how they played an important role in Death Valley history.

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  • Death Valley National Park

    Visit the Furnace Creek Visitor Center

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Museum Exhibits
    • Pets: No
    • Duration: 15–120 Minutes
    a one story block building and flag pole

    Stop by the visitor center to speak with park rangers and pay park fees and purchase national park passes. View the exhibits about Death Valley's history and natural wonders. Watch the park film, which is 20 minutes in length and plays throughout the day. Shop at the bookstore - light snacks/sandwiches/water are available for purchase. Become a Junior Ranger! Complete the activities in the booklet and earn a badge.

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  • Death Valley National Park

    Drive Twenty Mule Team Canyon

    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Scenic Driving
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Twenty Mule Team Canyon
    • Duration: 15–30 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Fall
    A dirt road through bare brown and yellow striped hills.

    A short scenic drive along an unpaved road through colorful badlands.

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Last updated: October 6, 2020