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Furnace Creek

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Furnace Creek is a census-designated place (CDP) in Inyo County, California. The population was 24 at the 2010 census, down from 31 at the 2000 census. The elevation of the village is 190ft below sea level.The visitor center, museum, and headquarters of the Death Valley National Park are located at Furnace Creek. The village is surrounded by a number of Park Service public campgrounds.Two of the Park's major tourist facilities, the Inn at Death Valley and Ranch at Death Valley, are located here. The Furnace Creek Golf Course (originally Death Valley Golf Course) attached to the Ranch claims to be the lowest in the world, at 214ft below sea level. Some of the lodging is closed in the summer, when temperatures can surpass 125°F, but the golf course remains open; the resort went so far as to establish a summer tournament in 2011 called the Heatstroke Open, which drew a field of 48. There are also a restaurant, cafe, store, and gas station in Furnace Creek village. The Furnace Creek Airport is located about 0.75mi west of the park headquarters.Geography and climateAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 31.5sqmi, over 99% of it being land.Springs in the Amargosa Range created a natural oasis at Furnace Creek, which has subsequently dwindled due to diversion of this water to support the village.
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