Living in Death Valley National Monument can be as modern or as primitive as the visitor desires. Furnace Creek Inn in the northern part of the valley provides up-to-date hotel accommodations in a weird setting at $8 a day and up, American plan, or $4 a day and up, European plan. More moderately priced accommodations may be had at Stovepipe Wells Hotel, where the rates of $4 a day and up, American plan, and $1.50 a day and up, European plan. Housekeeping camps may also be rented here for $1.50 a day and up.
Housekeeping camps are available at Furnace Creek Ranch, where the rate is $2 a day and up, and there is also a restaurant. Groceries and other travelers' supplies may be purchased at the general store, and there is also a general store at Death Valley Junction. The aforementioned operations are all private enterprises over which the National Park Service exercises no control.
The National Park Service, which began the development of Death Valley National Monument for the use of visitors in the fall of 1933, has provided sanitary public camp grounds near Furnace Creek and at Stovepipe Wells, Misquite Springs, and Bennett Wells, where travelers carrying their own equipment can make themselves very comfortable. Additional camp grounds are under construction.
The establishment of Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the valley greatly expedited the development of this desert region for the safe use of visitors. In addition to providing free camp grounds, rapid progress is being made in building roads and trails and providing a system of wells to insure a water supply adequate for safe travel over the regular road and trail system. Good signs point to these watering places. Death Valley is perhaps the best watered region in the Mojave.
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