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Is there any inexpensive restaurants inside DVNP? Thanks!

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Is there any inexpensive restaurants inside DVNP? Thanks!

I am having a hard time fining anything less than $20/person :-(

Thanks for your advise!

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1. Re: Is there any inexpensive restaurants inside DVNP? Thanks!

$20 per person for what, when? Are you staying in the park?

Death Valley has very few facilities.

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2. Re: Is there any inexpensive restaurants inside DVNP? Thanks!

You can always eat for that amount at Panamint Springs resort on the west side of the park. And INHO the food is much better than STW or FC.

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3. Re: Is there any inexpensive restaurants inside DVNP? Thanks!

There's the very good Amargosa Café at Death Valley Junction.

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4. Re: Is there any inexpensive restaurants inside DVNP? Thanks!

The Amargosa Café is not inside Death Valley National Park. Death Valley Junction is a ghost town, the remains of a 1920s borax mining settlement, 30 miles from Furnace Creek. The only active businesses in town are the Amargosa Hotel and Opera House, and the café.

Panamint Springs is a rustic little resort on the far western edge of the park, 55 miles from Furnace Creek. The menu is not extensive, but the food is very good. It’s strong on pizza, burgers, and salads, and beer connoisseurs rave about the beer selection there. I’ve never had a bad burger or salad there, and the dining room is an appealing spot with a fireplace, walls lined with DV area photos, and a wonderful view. In good weather, have lunch on the patio.

While both of these places are quaint and fun, think twice about making them an actual mealtime destination if that’s your only reason to go. It will mean extra travel time and gas, so your bargain lunch will be less of a bargain. OTOH, these are two beautiful rides with plenty of places of interest along the way. Plan on enjoying the scenery and visiting Zabriskie Point, 20 Mule Team Canyon, and Dante’s View along with Death Valley Junction; or Salt Creek, Devil’s Cornfield, the Sand Dunes, Mosaic Canyon, and Father Crowley Vista Point on your way to and from Panamint Springs, and you’ll have a fine day of exploring.

Other than that, the restaurants at Furnace Creek Ranch, Furnace Creek Inn (the upscale place), and Stovepipe Wells Village, and the little snack bar (no hot foods) at Scotty’s Castle, are your choices. The saloons at FCR and SPW serve light pub food. There are stores at FCR and SPW where you can buy sandwiches, snacks, and some grocery items like frozen, canned, or packaged food, but for what those cost, you may as well go to the restaurants and have a nice actual meal. A can of Vienna sausages for $2.00, or a dollar for a banana or an orange (and the produce is often pretty shopworn) isn’t my idea of either a good meal or a bargain.

This is a remote national park. The cost and logistics of running a food business must be overwhelming. We are not talking about a Safeway supermarket in a city where the warehouse is 15-20 miles away and big rigs come in 2-3 times a day with supplies. The restaurant or retail buyers in the park have to be precise in planning their purchases of perishable items. If they order too much, they have to keep the surplus fresh in often adverse weather conditions or write off anything that can’t be preserved, but if they order too little, it’s expensive to arrange for an unscheduled delivery.

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5. Re: Is there any inexpensive restaurants inside DVNP? Thanks!

DV Junction is not inside DVNP. Agree with ZB for Panamint Springs resort.

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Edited: 17 December 2013, 22:10
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6. Re: Is there any inexpensive restaurants inside DVNP? Thanks!

Yes, not inside the Park, but on its edge. If one is exploring the southern end of the Park, the Amargosa Café is a good option to stop by.

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7. Re: Is there any inexpensive restaurants inside DVNP? Thanks!

Frissy is right on regarding where to eat and also how very expensive it is to run a dining or a motel. Imagine finding employees, housing them, bringing in food and supplies from over 100 miles away, keeping an inventory of supplies in the event of any natural disaster, paying a decent salary to keep folks there, and trying to eke out a small profit in an inhospitable, very hot , sometimes very cold, sometimes very strange guests and sometimes very strange employees, and run the whole thing and keep people happy! You cannot do this for $69, and keep the roof from leaking, the ac runiing, and water in the pipe, sheets on the beds (clean) and rooms clean and neat..

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Edited: 17 December 2013, 22:55
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8. Re: Is there any inexpensive restaurants inside DVNP? Thanks!

TexasBiker,

As we trailer and bring our own food, we haven't eaten out much there.

But a few years ago we did eat lunch at the 49'er. We had the mesquite smoked chicken salad and the salmon salad, both to us quite good and around $15. Very filling. A couple times we have gotten the wings(tasty but sweet) and the bucket of fries for lunch from the saloon. This past spring a sister and mother had the pizza from the saloon. They liked it okay.

One late afternoon we sat outside on the patio at FC Inn to enjoy the views. Had some nice, affordable "small plate" type food which was pretty good and lower cost. Just an option/alternative for a bigger meal.

i don't think Frisco mentioned it but the 19th Hole at the Golf Pro Shop has less expensive food, burgers, hot dogs, breakfast burritos, etc..

If you are staying in a room with a refrigerator/microwave best to buy food before entering park somewhere. At least for simple breakfast and lunch items.

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** "sometimes very strange guests and sometimes very strange employees," **

LOL. This is actually true. It isn't something new. It has always been an American tradition for young people to hit the road before college, marriage, careers; IOW, before they have to settle down and be responsible adults. It used to be that people would come in off the road and get hired; some turned out OK and some didn't, like at any workplace. In years past, I did see some pretty odd characters working at the resorts and was aware of issues with drug use and such. I think that's much less common now, with greater management vigilance and with isssues with DHS, ICE, etc.

Jes, thanks for mentioning the 19th Hole, which slipped my mind. It does have good casual food. The jalapeno cheeseburger is one of their specialties. If you're playing on the course and aren't the kind of person who likes to walk up to the counter, there is a service ramp for golf carts. The 19th Hole is typically closed in summer, at least in the hottest period in July and August.

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10. Re: Is there any inexpensive restaurants inside DVNP? Thanks!

Beatty, NV is also a good option of inexpensive food, while it is not inside the park it is easy to reach and not that far depending on your location within the park.

Beatty offers Dennys, as well as other smaller mom and pop restaurants like Mel's Dinner, and the Happy Burro.