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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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Amazing story.

Amazing place. Amazing Story. Take the time and visit. Tour and tour guide were excellent. Hot walk to Scotty's grave. Take water.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Amazing place. Amazing Story. Take the time and visit. Tour and tour guide were excellent. Hot walk to Scotty's grave. Take water.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I loved the tour of this house. The owner was a visionary, creating electricity, water power and gadgets, not only ahead of their time but in the middle of the desert! The thought and card put into the home is great. Yes, as a European I don't find this old, but as an artefact I found it fascinating. The drive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

"A man's home is his castle..." not in Scotty's case, apparently. The castle actually was Albert and Bessie Johnson's home, and Scotty just a constant visitor who kept the place happy and lively. What a great place, and a great view into a different time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Nice structure with palm trees in the middle of nowhere.More like sudden civilisation discovered.Nice drive to the castle.Worth a visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Although it was packed with people, it was quite interesting to look around and hear the history of the place. While we did not stay there, it looked like a place I would love to spend a night or two at. We hiked around a bit too…had a great time and would recommend every one make at least one trip... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My husband and I spent hours here exploring the site, walking up the hill to the grave site, and taking the house tour. The guide was excellent - He was knowledgeable, entertaining, and engaging. This piece of history was definitely a highlight stop in DV.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We read the website and they said that the place closes at 4:30 but that's not true. So here's some things we discovered. Tips: The visitor's center closes at 3:15. The grounds close to the public at 3:45. They are only open Friday-Monday It is almost not worth visiting without purchasing the tour because they restrict you from visiting the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We parked our RV outside Death Valley and drove over 100 miles on winding hill roads to get to Scotty's Castle. It was worth the drive. Scotty's Castle did not belong Scotty, but it was an interesting story. We purchased tickets for the tour and had to wait almost 3 hours for the tour. If you visit, go early so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Scotty's castle is what we British would call a folly. Built in the 1930's by a would be gold minIng conman it's really a sort of ranch building with a fascinating history. It's full of authentic furniture and fittings and has some unusual objects such as a very early refrigerator, an incredible programmable electronic organ and has a hydro electric... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Scotty's Castle is full of surprises. I learned more things about the desert, and the past than I expected. It is a long drive and not really near anything in Death Valley. The guided tour is worth the time. If you are in Death Valley this should be on your list of things to see.

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Address: Address: 123 Scottys Castle Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Phone Number: (760) 786-2392
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Death Valley National Park
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
Monday 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 4:15 pm

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