‘Til Death Valley Do Us Part:
Saying “I Do” in a True American Oasis
Only steps from the historic and newly renovated four-diamond Inn at Death Valley, The Mission Gardens is an environment unto itself. The authentic still art of the old California Adobe walls sport a simple white wash with stone accents from the Mojave Desert. These walls ensure privacy to the outdoor world while providing a humbling and almost religious view of the ever-changing color palette that Nature creates as the sun arches across the Valley and against these ancient mountains. At night the open-roof structure frames the heavens and guests can gaze up in one of the only designated International Dark Sky Parks in the United States. It’s here that you can actually see the Milky Way with the naked eye.
In creating The Mission Gardens, Xanterra Parks & Resorts and OZ Architecture, the architectural design firm, focused on embracing the pristine sky and millennia-old waters that naturally creates this oasis in the desert and the man-made landmarks of the Old West. Here in the middle of three million acres of desert are trellises covered with bougainvillea flowers, partially covered outdoor shade spaces, simple detailing and beautiful landscape grounds. Seasonally, a gentle creek fed by the bubbles cascades along the south side of the garden. Modern amenities, conveniences and facilities are cleverly found only a few paces away in what used to be a classic automobile service station from ages ago.
While couples will create their own memories and history, The Mission Gardens has its own authentic tale to tell. Originally built as part of the former Borax mining enclave, the buildings were ‘hand built’ in the 1920s with clay and adobe materials and stone wrestled from the surrounding mountains that form the eastern edge of the Mojave Desert. A fire consumed the building in 2014, but instead of razing the structure, the walls and façade were saved and restored. With a bit of TLC and modern ingenuity, the century-old structure has re-emerged as one of the most historic and unique wedding and small group space in the country.
Formerly known as Furnace Creek Resort, the Oasis at Death Valley was built in the 1930s and expanded over the decades. Xanterra Parks & Resorts recently announced that it is investing tens of millions of dollars to elevate the guest and visitor experience and allow the legendary Inn and Ranch, as well as the famous golf course, to experience a true renaissance.
Currently featuring 66 elegant rooms built in 1927, the upscale and refined Inn at Death Valley is nestled into the mountainside where the precious waters originate. The renaissance of The Inn will add 11 two-room casitas surrounding both the spring-fed pool and lush oasis gardens. Updated rooms and lobby; a new wellness center, complete with treatment rooms and a larger fitness area; the addition of cabanas and a poolside bar will further enhance the natural spring-fed pool area. The exterior will feature a terraced garden and lush landscaping.
Three distinct experiences exist at this oasis: a historic four-diamond luxury Inn set into the side of a mountain range; a Ranch on the desert floor featuring accommodations, restaurants, a general store, a U.S. Post Office, horse stables, date groves, gardens and a large spring-fed pool, a historical museum and a gas station; and a USGA sanctioned Furnace Creek golf course (the lowest one on earth).
The Oasis at Death Valley is two hours west of Las Vegas by car and a four-hour drive from Los Angeles. For additional information, rates and to make a reservation, visit www.oasisatdeathvalley.com or call 800-236-7916.