The Mission Garden sits just below a protective ridge, high above the Badwater Basin on the East side of Death Valley National Park and adjacent to the 1920’s Furnace Creek Inn. This is a truly unique venue which will ensure a memorable experience. The Gardens are nestled into the backdrop of this unique desert mountain landscape with amazing views of the valley below, a perfect spot for pictures. Depending on the time of day, the mountains in this area change colors as the sunlight moves across them. Views from this amazing venue face West and sunsets are amazing over Tucki Mountain. In creating the Mission Gardens, Nelson and OZ have respected the authentic California-style architecture using simple adobe walls adorned with white wash and stone accents cultivated from the Mojave Desert. The garden walls enclose the gardens just enough to maintain privacy of an event, but without a roof so that the views all around the outdoor venue are amazing. Trellises covered with bougainvillea flowers, partially-covered outdoor shade spaces, simple detailing and beautiful landscape accent the adobe walls. Seasonally, a gentle creek runs by the south side of the garden and just adjacent a converted service station now includes two restrooms with modern conveniences.
The Mission Garden has a unique story, further creating an authentic atmosphere. Originally built as part of the former borax mining enclave, the buildings were ‘hand built’ back in the1920’s with clay and adobe materials mined from behind the Furnace Creek Inn and stone plucked from the surrounding mountains that form the eastern edge of the Mojave Desert. The site of the Garden once contained the Inn’s historic laundry building which unfortunately burned down in a fire in 2014. Xanterra had the vision to reuse the walls that remained standing as a testament to the long history of this almost 100-year old structure. Keeping the original stone walls, restoring the adobe walls, and adding structural reinforcing that is of new materials OZ has created a venue that is rooted in historic elements and also elegant.
The original laundry building had a concrete floor that has been removed and replaced it with a entry courtyard, an iconic stone water fountain and a feature archway highlighting a new lawn behind it large enough for event tents. The lawn is of drought-tolerant grass for year-round appeal and water-efficiency, and it is surrounded by new palm trees and lush desert landscaping. The site lighting is soft, romantic and concealed to allow for the night sky to remain brilliant and full of stars. The setting cannot be replicated and guests will be awed at the beauty of this oasis snuggled into the desert environment.
Read more about the renovations happening at The Oasis at Death Valley in the Las Vegas Review-Journal here.