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Address: 123 Scottys Castle Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Phone Number: (760) 786-2392
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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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Definitely go to Scotty's Castle

We were going to skip Scotty's Castle as we have been there many times before and have done the house tour several times. But, we noticed that there is a new underground tour at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Reno, Nevada
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Reno, Nevada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We were going to skip Scotty's Castle as we have been there many times before and have done the house tour several times. But, we noticed that there is a new underground tour at the castle, so we decided to do it. It was an extremely interesting tour that showed how the Johnson's were able to get water, heat, and... More 

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Covina, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent docents guide you through this beautifully appointed two-story mansion with big music room and much more. If you can climb, take the hike up to Scotty's grave and enjoy the view along with peace and quiet.

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We made our reservations on the website for our tickets. Glad we did because when we arrived two of the tours were sold out for the next two days. Other people seemed disappointed. Well spontaneity is not served in this place. The visitor center has some refrigerator food but not much. They closed before our tour was complete so they... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I did not take the underground tour, so I hope to return, but I did take a tour of the house. If you are really interested and want to take pictures, you should go early in the day or very late, after their rush is over.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You must get a ticket in advance at recreation.gov There are two tours. We only took the house tour but we also hear that the underground tour is fun as well. A great way to spend a hot afternoon, bring a lunch there's some nice shade and some picnic tables but no food for purchase

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Simi Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

It was quite interesting hearing the stories about the area & the castle. We had a nice time on the tour.

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burbank, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

A castle in the middle of nowhere was as intriguing as the story behind it. Our affable tour guide tells us the serenity of Death Valley inspired a Chicago millionaire to build this magnificent structure in the 1920s. Also, the role a con artist named Walter Scott played. He pitched a non-existent gold mine and used his friendship with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Well worth the time to tour. It's amazing how these structures were built in such a remote area, but then again, money can buy anything. The detailed woodwork, inventive engineering, and the china used were all quite remarkable.

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

Most of the Death Valley "sights" are related to the geology of the area. This is a people story. We did the Castle and underground tours. Both were led by guides in period costumes from when this was THE Death Valley place. The guides were very knowledgeable and stayed in character throughtout the tour. Almost everything in the house is... More 

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Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This has two tour options: the house tour is pretty easy to get on, the underground tour was booked out a couple of hours in advance. Both tours are an additional $15. The house tour goes through quite a lot of the house and there is a lot of history of the Johnsons and Scotty. Quite worth it. There are... More 

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