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Scotty's Castle

Address: 123 Scottys Castle Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Phone Number: (760) 786-2392
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Castles, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour
Owner description: This 1920s vacation home in the desert was built by insurance magnate Albert Johnson. However, at...
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Type: Historic sites, Castles, 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 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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Cedar City, Utah
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Maybe it's just because Scotty's Castle is in such a desolate place, but it was amazing to find a well spring of color and life in the surrounding castles. I especially loved the unfinished swimming pool with tiles lining the basement, ready to be finished. The tour was wonderfully historic and interesting, and the architecture was superb. Definitely worth a... More 

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New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

The house was quite well preserved with lots to see, but the tour guide was annoying and silly, acting out a role that she was a friend of the owner and gabbing nonsense non-stop with a put on southern accent - awful!

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Victoria, BC Canada
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205 reviews 205 reviews
72 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We had previously done the tour of the house and this time did the underground one. Worth doing as the builder of the home was truly a genius in using the water from the springs.

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Parry Sound, Canada
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132 reviews 132 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This old unfinished castle has very interesting history. You do have to take the guided tour inside as it is full of original antiques made especially for the castle by the original owner. The extra fee to see inside is definitely worth the cost.

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Calgary, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Our guide was Mark and he was awesome dressed in his period costume. About 10 folks in our tour group so everyone was able to keep up, and fit in the rooms with our guide so no one missed out on any of the tour. Mark had great knowledge of the castle and was very skilled at getting his message... More 

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Richland, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Well done tour! Learned much about the beginnings of Death Valley. The Rangers were also very helpful and knowledgable.

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las vegas, nv
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Decided to do a day trip to Death Valley (about a 3hr car ride from Vegas), and thought we were only going to do Scotty's Castle - ended up also doing Ubehebe Crater and Badwater Basin, both of which I would also recommend. Scotty's Castle ended up being really interesting, and well worth the trip - and being the first... More 

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Bourbonnais, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Scotty's Castle is a little bit of a drive (from Furnace Creek) but it is well worth it! The story of Death valley Scotty & Millionaire Albert Johnson is an amazing tale. What Mr. Johnson was able to construct on the property and the technology he was able to incorporate is truly amazing. Take both the upper & lower tours... More 

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Swanage, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A great story about a successful con man and his wealthy buddy. The castle is fascinating in itself but we would really recommend a guided tour. We had a great guide who brought the history of the place to life, with perhaps a few embellishments!

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Fullerton, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Interesting place and story. The staff dress to match the era which helps to bring the story to life. The organ is an amazing feature.

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Abby W, Manager at Scotty's Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The organ is my favorite feature in the Castle also. More 

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