I see that the standard room at Stovepipe Wells (generally the cheapest accommodations in the park) are now going for $153/night, including tax. Through the magic of an internet mailbox, I can tell that I paid only $112 for the same accommodations in 2010.
As a concessionaire, I'm surprised that the National Park Service has allowed them to raise the rates that quickly.
Death Valley is certainly not the only National Park where the "in park" lodging has gotten very pricey. It's a shame because in-park accommodations are very convenient, and much more comfortable -- and practical -- than other alternatives for many visitors.
I was thinking of taking my family back to Death Valley in January, but I may choose another alternative. The accommodations at Stovepipe Wells just aren't worth $153.
Other visitors must feel the same way, as I see that both Stovepipe Wells and Furnace Creek are offering promotional discounts on certain days. Alas, those days don't correspond with my travel plans.