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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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The story of the west?

There is a good visitor center and give it at least an hour or more to read all the stuff, listen to the video and then walk around. We also took the one hour house tour given by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Tavernier, Florida, United States
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Tavernier, Florida, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

There is a good visitor center and give it at least an hour or more to read all the stuff, listen to the video and then walk around. We also took the one hour house tour given by a reenactor volunteer and it was fun. The whole story is a microcosm of America. Greed, lies, nothing ever completed and named... More 

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Little Egg Harbor, nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Great guides, great stories, a beautiful oasis in Death Valley. Cooler location because of elevation.

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Rockford, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit, even if you don't pay for a tour of the "castle". its like a green oasis within the desert barrenness of the rest of this national park. Be prepared to take a long ride from the center of the park to get here.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I've heard about it for years. It's nice. Not Hearst Castle, which was built about the same time. However, the story is incredible. The guy was a fraud - but what a fraud he was. Obviously, he could charm anyone out of their fortunes. If you're in death valley, be sure to make a reservation and come for at least... More 

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Mechanicville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Anyone who says there is nothing to see in Death Valley has never been to Scotty's Castle. This is a definite must see while you are there. I was in awe that something like this existed in the middle of the desert. Absolutely beautiful!!!! Well worth a visit. - make sure to call ahead or go online to get tickets.

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Leola, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

What an engineering feet to build a huge house in the desert ! I call it a house cause I have seen castles and Scotty's Castle does not compare. Example- Fonthill in Dolylestown PA. Can you believe that the spring that made it possible to build a house in this Death Valley location delivered 200 gallons a minute to provide... More 

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Alhambra, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

First, a heads up - the parking lot must be cleared by 5 pm. Fortunately we were in enough time to avoid that, but not by much as we had to wait an hour for the next tour and we then had to drive back to Vegas. In short, we did not take the tour. The house would be interesting,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Usually I really dislike tourist traps, but the tour was done very well at Scotty's. Our guide was dressed in the attire of the day and had a lot of great stories to tell. The rooms were very beautiful and interesting. Highly recommended.

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Fridley, Minnesota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

In the Death Valley National Park sits this wonderfully beautiful establishment built on Scotty's claim that is was from profits of his gold mine. Our tour guide did an excellent job of telling the story of how this castle came to be, so make sure you take both tours as one takes you into the tunnel and learn the whole... More 

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Truckee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We visited Scottys castle last week while in Death Valley. It was very fascinating, both the story and the structure. There are 2 tours: Th house and the underground. The house tour is a must, the underground tour was not so stimulating. If you are engineer and love to know how things work. It would be useful.

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