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Address: 123 Scottys Castle Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Phone Number: (760) 786-2392
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8:30 am - 4:15 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour
Description: 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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Great change of pace while visiting Death Valley

We had reservations for house tour booked in advance and glad we did because our time was sold out. Tour was very fun. Guides dress in period and alternate between their character... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Hickory, North Carolina
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Hickory, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We had reservations for house tour booked in advance and glad we did because our time was sold out. Tour was very fun. Guides dress in period and alternate between their character and giving you the official tour guide parts. Very beautiful home and interesting stories and characters associated with this home. Just wish they would have a better selection... More 

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New Milford, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

It wouldn't be fair for me to do a full review for Scotty's castle as it was closed by the time my wife and I got there,(they close at 5:00), but we did park in the dirt lot outside the closed gate and walked around the grounds abit. Kind of a neat looking place in the middle of the desert.... More 

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Seal Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed the park ranger who gave us the tour. He wAs very informative and made the tour interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Great day out in this jaw dropping national park. Death Valley is a national park where you run out of superlatives so to say don't miss out on the tours- yes do both- at scotty's castle may seem overkill. It isn't. We met a lovely couple at the artists palette at sunset and they said it was a 'must do'... More 

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Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I have been wanting to go back to Scotty's Castle for years but never made the time due to the drive and the hot summers. I finally had a few days off with no place to go and decided to head to Death Valley. Scotty's Castle was as grand as I remembered. I was early so I was on the... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

What an amazing place so far out into the desert. The story of how it got there is an amazing one. It's a long drive out into the middle of nowhere, but pretty cool anyway. If you just want to wander around the grounds it's free ... but tours of the inside and of the underground both have fees. It... More 

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We had great guide and the story of the place and it people is really interesting, I would put it on your to do list

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

You need to make a reservation and your tour(s) will take most of the morning. A great way to get an overview of Death Valley and why people were attracted to it. Ranger-led tours are informative and fun. We took both the house tour and underground tour, glad we did.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We recently had the pleasure of visiting Scotty's actual house about 3 miles from Scotty's Castle. The tour guide, Alex, was great, she knew all about the place and didn't leave a thing out, the tour itself was excellent, provided a good walk to the site and a very thorough explanation of all his time there. Today, we had the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It's cool to see a castle built in the middle of the desert and the history behind it was interesting but considering how big this park is and there are definitely better things to see at this park like the Artist Palette or Bad Water.

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