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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 gem in the middle of the desert

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We pre-booked our tickets on line so were assured that we’d get the time we wanted. The guides dress in period costume which adds an extra touch of authenticity. They are very knowledgeable and make the tour very interesting. It was fascinating to walk around the castle and learn the history of the place. A highly recommended tour. Be sure... More 

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Jacksonville, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

After driving some 30 miles to see Scotty's Castle we found it was closed on that day, evidentley from May to Sep they are only open Sat thru Mon. But we were able to get some pics and the crater was not far away so we went to view that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I have been here twice and both times missed the basement tour - gutted! The staff are in period costume and the tour around the house and grounds is very enlightening. The place certainly has a colourful history. The house / castle is well maintained and you walk around the grounds without paying if you don't want to go on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I think you would like this castle, if you are interested in folklore, friendship, and the history of the area and the people from that era. If you are only interested in the barren landscape of Death Valley, proceed directly to Ubehebe Crater. Of course it is a bit of a tourist trap, but hey, the park service needs to... More 

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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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