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Scotty's Castle

Address: 123 Scottys Castle Road (NV 267), 53 mi northwest of Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Phone Number: 760-786-2392
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour
Owner description: This castle in the desert was built by infamous Wild West huckster Walter Scott and financed by...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
Owner description: This castle in the desert was built by infamous Wild West huckster Walter Scott and financed by insurance magnate Albert Johnson.
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Vancouver, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

I was skeptical at first, and wasn't keen on the idea of taking a tour. But I ended up taking the tour of the interior of castle and our tour guide was fantastic!

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Encino, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

More like a Casa. It's a big house and the story of the occupants was very well told by a park ranger. If it weren't in Death Valley which is void of any other private residences, it would not be so special.

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Bozeman, Montana
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64 reviews 64 reviews
21 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This place is in the absolute middle of nowhere! So naturally the history of the place is quite interesting. I think there is more to the story than what we were able to find out. Quite a luxurious place given the extreme location. We took the one hour house tour and highly recommend it.

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San Diego, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

I knew nothing about this till I visited it that day. The guide did a pretend play and explained the entire history of the place. It seemed like a wonderland with so many interesting anecdotes. I am not sure how true the entire story was but it was some good story telling and entertainment. The insides of the castle are... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We flew into Vegas and rented a car and drove to Scotty's Castle - about 3 hours and well worth the trip. However, about an hour into the ride, my cell phone (Verizon) had NO SERVICE and we relied on the Navigation system. We stopped and got a much needed map. The ride was an easy one and well worth... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is such an unlikely place in the back end of beyond! The guided tour around the house is very well done and well worth going on.

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Alberta
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71 reviews 71 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I knew nothing of Scotty's Castle before stumbling across it on the Internet while looking for ways to spend a day in Death Valley. Being fans of unique architecture and that era, my fiancee and I decided we would check it out and we were very pleasantly surprised. Follow the suggestions on the website -- book in advance if you... More 

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Ferndale, California, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is a very pretty oasis with QUITE the history. The docent was awesome and engaging, however, I felt that we were rushed and that there really wasn't much Q&A time. Once we were done, we were on our own. However, the musical treat in the chapel is not to be missed! It is nice to walk around the grounds... More 

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Los Altos, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
55 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We took the tour which was $15 per person and worth it just to get the stories of Scottys pranks and how he found his gold mine. Get there early so you can walk the grounds and take the underground tour too. We saw coyotes in the parking lot begging for food from tourists (do not feed them).

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Sunnyvale, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Drive miles and miles just to stand in line for the tour ? Not worth it. I found it annoying that even in the middle of "Death Valley" there would be a wait. The tours are not exactly dirt cheap either. We skipped the tours and went on to do other stuff. Plenty of non-manmade attractions around here, and they're... More 

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