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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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A Moorish Castle rises out of the desert

Travelling from Furnace Creek Resort to Scotty's Castle was a treat in itself. And then we started rising in elevation and it started getting cooler and then there it was standing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Telford, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Travelling from Furnace Creek Resort to Scotty's Castle was a treat in itself. And then we started rising in elevation and it started getting cooler and then there it was standing above the trees. Yes, trees in the desert. This Castle is a must see for anyone visiting Death Valley. Pay for the tour so you can see the interior... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The castle is in a desolate place in Death Valley. Be sure you have lots of water with you; car trouble could cost you your life without water. It is one of the few places within relatively easy access from the Inn at Furnace Creek. However, it is not a destination that is worth going to unless you are already... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Scotty's Castle is in the far northeastern part of Death Valley National Park. It is 45 miles from Stovepipe Wells (nearest source of gas) and 53 miles from Furnace Creek. It is 230 miles from Las Vegas by way of Beatty (Beatty itself is 60 miles away). Have we established that Scotty's Castle is remote? Ok, now let's take a... More 

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

On my way from Furnace Creek to Tonopah Nevada I stopped at Scotty's Castle because it has an interesting history, It was mid day and it was closed with no clue as to why. They are supposed to have tours and reservations are to be made at the castle.

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Amazing that they had such incredible workmanship and technology building the home and out buildings during the 1920s. You will love the music room, waterfalls, and details.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Death Valley Days was a most popular show in the early days of TV. The Old Ranger was the first host. Dale Robertson, Robert Taylor and Ronald Reagan followed. Rosemary DeCamp did sponsor ads for 20 Mule Team Borax. Take you back, old folks? Our motor home trip made a stop at the Castle in March, 2015. Weather was beautifully... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A must visit in the Death Valley area. Imagine a luxury resort built in Death Valley. This was a private residence. Allow plenty of time to tour this home. I packed a lunch and ice chest as I did for all days I spent visiting Death Valley. Winter is an excellent time to plan this trip.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

god lord they need an address for gps but we found it. was late for our tour but they let us go on next one its really neat so worth it and the pipe organ they play at the end is super awesome plays beautifully

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We travelled an hour by car to visit Scotty's Castle - the journey was well worth it. We arrived just in time for the 10am tour with Ranger Phil. Phil was great and made the castle fascinating. We would highly recommend a visit to Scotty's Castle.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Pretty similar to Hearst Castle but on a smaller scale...the tale of Scotty was actually pretty interesting and made the visit more interesting...the house tour is worthwhile...but bit out of the way in the northern part of the park...at the very least, it's nice to escape the heat for an hour

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