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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

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 really cool place to visit

"Deat Valley Scottie" was a real character from the last century. His castle is worth a view and a real treat.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
La Crescenta, California

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La Crescenta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

"Deat Valley Scottie" was a real character from the last century. His castle is worth a view and a real treat.

Thank 1jjarecki
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

If you are in Death Valley and you have driven hours and hours through sand, rock and salt lake landscapes Scottys Castle is like a mirage. Suddenly there are palms, trees, bushes, a wonderful creek and a beautiful castle in the dessert. A must see!

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Scotty's Castle takes the term 'desert oasis' to another level! Literally built atop a spring/river, this massive Spanish-style villa would no doubt fit in on a tree-lined street in Bel-Air, California. However, to see this structure in the middle of a desert, Death Valley, nonetheless, is truly mind boggling. Tours are a must to visit the interior of the house.... More 

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We took a 1 hour guided tour (purchased in advance, online) of Scotty's Castle with an excellent, knowledgable and chatty tour guide from the NPS. The castle retains its character from the 30s and 40s especially in furnishings and the guide recalled this history, building and transfer of the mammoth (unfinished) property built near a spring and out of the... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Visited Scottys castle on 3rd visit. Well worth it. Tours were very informative and not rushed. Beautiful property in the middle of the desert.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I figured this would be the run of the mill house tour, like at Hearst Castle, but the guide (I think his name was Phil) made it really interesting. He was a great storyteller and was really passionate about what he was saying. I was blown away by the modern amenities in the house since it was built in the... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Went here after reading comments on Trip Adviser - it certainly was not mentioned in any of the travel brochures I had, which were numerous. It's about a 45min drive from Furnace Creek and 1 1/4hr from Beatty and well worth the visit - the drive enroute is stunning. We took the house and underground tour, both an hour each... More 

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Wharton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Amazing that this could be built here so long ago. Using technology that we are just beginning to use today. Fantastic architectually, and beautifully furnished a must see.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We didn't think we'd make it to Scotty's castle on our day trip to Vegas. We did and it was worth it. The story is like a twisted Hollywood tale, except it's true. You'll learn about friendship in a whole new way. The property is worth the visit. The castle is beautiful. We went to see the cars and not... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

It is an amazing building in the middle of the desert. But just another visitor attraction to hand money over for. We just stopped took pics and left. Personally i'm not interested in looking around someone's house.

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