Following a rare significant rain fall in 2023, Lake Manly, a large saltwater lake in Death Valley, one of the hottest, driest places in the Western Hemisphere, has reappeared for the first time since 2005.
With the lake set to vanish again soon, now is most definitely the time to see it. Most of the major roads into Death Valley are open – like California Route 190 – with access to all the major park attractions such as Zabriskie Point, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Ubehebe Crater, Artists Drive, Golden Canyon/Gower Gulch Trails, and Racetrack Road, to name just a few.
Named in honour of W. L. Manly, who led and heroically rescued the first party of white emigrants who entered Death Valley in 1849, Lake Manly stretches across the floor of the valley, once part of a vast lake system during North America’s last major Ice Age. As the lakes vanished around 10,000 years ago, massive salt deposits were left behind creating the floor of the valley.
Ancient waters bubble up from the ground to support an entire ecosystem at the Oasis at Death Valley, a secluded resort off of CA 190 tucked into the 3.4-million-acre Death Valley National Park (the largest park in the Lower 48). This winter vacation destination offers spring-fed pools averaging a comfortable 87 degrees, the lowest USGA golf course on earth, cascading bougainvillea-adorned gardens, and a spring-watered date palm grove.
Dating to 1927, the historic property encompasses two lodging options: The Inn at Death Valley and the family-friendly The Ranch at Death Valley, both part of a recent $250 million renaissance.
Only two hours from Las Vegas and four hours from Los Angeles, Death Valley is an easy escape from the worried, rushing world. Please visit oasisatdeathvalley.com for more information.