A desert oasis can be many things, but it should, first and foremost, be a place to lay down your troubles after a long day of exploration and travel. Fortunately, Longstreet Inn & Casino invites you to do exactly that. Offering Death Valley Rally road trippers a place to cool off, bed down, and get their grub on, these hotel rooms and Death Valley RV sites are the perfect respite after an adventurous day in nearby Amargosa Valley, Death Valley National Park, and Pahrump. And did we mention this place packs a true dose of Weird Nevada in all the right ways?
Make this Death Valley Resort Your Basecamp
At Longstreet Inn & Casino, the minute you step through the threshold, plan to be confronted with perfect retro scenes, as the lobby, lounge, casino floor, restaurant, and a bar with live music all share one space. This means—if you’re trying your luck at the slots, hitting the dance floor, grabbing a drink, or getting down on some delicious meals, you’ll be at the mercy of the lovably goofy lounge singer/entertainer. Here, guests are swept back in time to the romance and excitement of days gone by, to an atmosphere decked with historical furniture, decor and artifacts. Stay inside this Death Valley resort with a full-service 60 room hotel, or stake out a spot at the Death Valley RV sites, located behind the hotel and adjacent to a man-made lake—all of which have access to the year-round pool and hot tub. And hey, if you love this place so much you could marry it, ask about on-site weddings, too.
When it’s time to chow down, you can’t beat Jack’s Cafe downstairs. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks, Jack’s features country fried steak and eggs, butterfly shrimp, big salads, club sandwiches, and omelets galore.
Jack Longstreet: Desert Frontiersman
So, why would you find a quaint little casino and resort named “Longstreet” on a highway (with no real streets of any length) so close to the ominously monikered Death Valley? Good question. What you may not realize is this: the property is inspired by desert renegade and all around badass Jack Longstreet. A true Wild West gunslinger, settler, miner and gambler, Jack Longstreet lived in the Amargosa Valley during the 1880s and holed up in complete hiding amid some unsettled business. Story goes, he lived near the Moapa Indian Reservation and even ran a bar in the now flooded St. Thomas before heading for Ash Meadows. As the purported best gunslinger west of Salt Lake City, Longstreet was one tough cookie—respected, or maybe even feared by anyone he crossed paths with. While staying at the property inspired by the man himself, be sure to explore nearby Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, where his cabin still stands.
Big Bovine of the Desert
Did we mention Longstreet Inn also has a petting zoo? Though there are a handful of cute little critters like burros, goats, and llamas that are fixtures of the petting zoo today, Longstreet was once home to a gigantic cow named Herman—a 3,000 pound, six foot tall cow, to be exact. Though Herman passed away in 2013, this gigantic cow that welcomes you over the Nevada state line at the Longstreet Inn is a perfect memorial to this giant beauty, right?
Jack’s Cafe is open Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and Fridays/Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Breakfast is served 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, lunch is 11:00 AM to 4 PM and dinner is from 4:00 PM until close. The property’s Nebraska Steakhouse is currently closed.
For more information about rates and booking your stay at Longstreet Inn & Casino, dial the property directly at (775) 372-1777.