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Ghost Town and Day of the Dead in Death Valley
October 30, 2015 @ 8:00 am - November 2, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Furnace Creek Resort is offering travelers a bevy of fall activities for the whole family. From touring ghost towns on Halloween weekend with the Day of the Dead Package to re-living the gold rush as a pioneer during the 66th Annual 49er’s Encampment, this mirage in the desert offers a unique twist on the perfect fall getaway.
An honored Halloween tradition, Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that honors the deceased, and many believe that on this day, spirits of those passed return to their homes. And with a rich history and more than its fair share of ghost towns, Death Valley National Park and Furnace Creek Resort are the places to celebrate Halloween this season.
From October 30-November 2, travelers can ring in the Day of the Dead or spend Halloween weekend learning about the brave prospectors who journeyed across the country in search of treasure and explore the once bustling towns throughout.
The Day of the Dead Package includes*:
• Accommodations at the Inn at Furnace Creek or the Ranch at Furnace Creek
• A commemorative Day of the Dead six-by-six-inch tile – traveler’s choice from the more than 70 to choose from in the General Store
• Map of Death Valley Ghost Towns with suggested itinerary for exploration
For information, details and reservations, access www.furnacecreekresort.com and use the Promo Code “DOTD”; or dial 800-236-7916.
They were from the East Coast, heading to California to find gold. Given there was no GPS, they chose the route poorly, ended up in the desert and gave Death Valley its famous name (even though they did not die). For the past 66 years, thousands of people celebrating the tenacity of the pioneers and spirit of the ‘49ers rendezvous and participate in a series of events in Death Valley National Park. The annual celebration will be hosted at Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley on November 11-15.
The Encampment features gold-panning lessons, a fiddlers’ contest, a Western art show, live music, horseshoe contests, arts and crafts, and a golf tournament. The event highlight will take place on Friday, November 13 at 1 p.m. when a wagon train and horseback riders arrive after their 1849 re-enactment of the original travelers’ arduous trek across the valley.
The Ranch at Furnace Creek is offering a three-night package that the original ‘49ers would have sold their horses for:
• Overnight accommodations for a minimum of three nights in a standard room between November 11-15, 2015
• One-year membership in the Death Valley ‘49ers Association
• Access to all Encampment activities requiring ‘49er membership
• Buffet breakfast per person each morning, including the Hootenanny breakfast on Friday and Western Artist breakfast on Saturday
• A Ranch Western BBQ Dinner per person one night (Friday or Saturday) at the Borax Museum Deck
• Souvenir Encampment program
For information, details and reservations, access www.furnacecreekresort.com and use the Promo Code “ENCAMP”; or dial 800-236-7916. Another resource for information about activities is www.deathvalley49ers.org.
About Furnace Creek Resort
Located in Death Valley National Park between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Furnace Creek Resort is an authentic American oasis, steeped in history, adventure and unforgettable natural landscapes. Featuring two distinct destination experiences, the sophisticated Inn at Furnace Creek and the family-friendly Ranch at Furnace Creek, the property affords direct access to one of the world’s most precious resources; Death Valley National Park. The historic four-diamond, Inn at Furnace Creek features 66 elegant rooms, fine dining, verandas with sweeping views of Death Valley, lush gardens, spring-fed pool and tennis courts. Surrounded by towering palm trees, The Ranch at Furnace Creek boasts the world’s lowest golf course (214 feet below sea level), post office, general store, a large spring-fed swimming pool, casual dining restaurants, horseback riding and 224 family-friendly rooms. The Ranch is also home to The Borax Museum, as well as a nearby 3,065-foot x 70-foot asphalt runway. Guests have access to both properties and most facilities. For more information, visit www.furnacecreekresort.com.
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