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Address: 123 Scottys Castle Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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+1 760-786-2392
08:30 - 16:15
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:15

This 1920s vacation home in the desert was built by insurance magnate...

This 1920s vacation home in the desert was built by insurance magnate Albert Johnson. However, at the time most people believed it belonged to Death Valley Scotty, who claimed to have a secret gold mine in the tunnels beneath it. 99% of the contents are original from when the Johnssons vacationed there in the 1920s and 1930s.

You can walk the grounds or read the exhibits in the visitor center for free. However, access to the House, Underground, or Lower Vine Ranch are by guided tour only. You can reserve tickets before 9pm the previous day, or tickets are usually available to customers upon arrival.

House Tours last one hour and are offered every day. Summer hours are very limited (10:00, 12:00 and 2:00 only). Tours are offered more frequently in cooler, busier months. Tours cost $15/person, or $7.50/child 6-15, person with an Interagency Senior Pass or Interagency Access Pass.

Underground Tours are usually only offered a few times per day from November through April. Tickets cost $15/person, or there is a combination price of $25/person for the House Tour and Underground Tour.

The 2-mile, 2 1/2 hour hiking tour to Lower Vine Ranch is only offered on select dates, usually from January through March. The cost is $20/person. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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Closed until 2019

This site was damaged by flood waters (10" of rain in one storm in October 2015) that left up to 5 ft. of mud in the "castle" & office areas. It's being repaired but the cost is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kathleen,John M
Boston, MA, United States

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This site was damaged by flood waters (10" of rain in one storm in October 2015) that left up to 5 ft. of mud in the "castle" & office areas. It's being repaired but the cost is high & the details take a lot of time & effort, but when it's done it's a must-see for Death Valley visitors. You... More 

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every time I visit, it blows my mind that they would built this 'creation' in the middle of nowhere.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

It was cool until they started busing in Korean tourists. Now it has lost its charm of the old west.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Have been in the past but closed this time due to flooding. When we bought tickets to Death Valley were not told this so beware. Apparently will open again in 2019 .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Although its name, It's not a castle, but a very beautiful mansion in the desert. The architecture is typical of mansions of that time, making it seems like you are in Mexico

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

Please note that Grapevine and Scotty's Castle have been heavily damaged by flooding and the authorities are working diligently to repair the damage and restore this beautiful landmark! It is not open and may be closed for the next 2 years. So I have revised my earlier review. With that warning in mind, please read on: This place was established... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

The huge castle sits right at the intersection of the only two main roads inside the park. According to the introduction, the castle has a very interesting history including its name. One can't believe that there would be such a grand-looking building at a desert like the Death Valley.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

The history of this place is as interesting as its architecture. It's amazing to be cool in the house when the outside temp exceeds 100 degree. It is certainly a worthwhile stop on the long drive from Vegas to Reno.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

This absolutely gorgeous place to see is closed now due to severe rain a year ago. When we were there we really enjoyed it there. It's beautiful. We drove in from near Beatty, NV - that road I understand right now is closed. Check to see if it is open before you head out to see it. It's a must... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Scotty's Castle, and the road leading up to it, is currently closed because of storm damage to the road and building. You can however still access the road to Ubehebe Crater which is worth the trip to see. We have visited Scotty's Castle in prior trips to Death Valley and it is beautiful. Hopefully the repairs will be done soon.... More 

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