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“Not so interesting”
Review of Scotty's Castle

Scotty's Castle
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$214.99*
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Death Valley Day Trip from Las Vegas
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Owner description: Scotty's Castle CLOSED until 2019 due to flood damage. 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.
Sherbrooke, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 459 helpful votes
“Not so interesting”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

The one special thing about this place is to see green trees and grass. The house itself is not so special and the price to visit is too steep.

Visited October 2012
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Abby S, Manager at Scotty's Castle, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
There are a series of springs at Scotty's Castle that produce over 200 gallons of water per minute. Compared to most of the rest of Death Valley, it is lush. Tour ticket price is $15.
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Lansing Michigan
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“Oasis in the middle of no the desert”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

The house is a very interesting one but our particular guide was a bit too silly. Worth the trip to see the house which literally is in the middle of no where. The organ concert in the music room was an unexpected delight. There were children on the tour and they were given a treasure hunt to do as we toured which kept them attentive and involved.

Visited October 2012
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Staffordshire
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“Fascinating”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

It's a long drive from Stovepipe Wells up to Scotty's Castle, but well worth it. The story of how the 'castle' came to be is a fascinating one, told brilliantly by our guides on the house and underground tours. It's absolutely tragic that the swimming pool was never finished. The tiles sitting in great piles in the underground area are just beautiful.
Hike up to Scotty's grave too, and take in the view all around. And sit and picnic on the grass at this oasis, and listen out for the woodpeckers. It was lovely and quiet the day we went, just four other people on the house tour and no one else at all on the underground tour. A really good day out.

Visited September 2012
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Round Hill, Virginia, United States
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“Impressive”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

The tour of the castle is well worth it. The tour guides are informative and energetic - excellent story tellers. This house had so many unique features that you won't see in other places and the fact that it has all been preserved is awesome.

We did not have the time to take the underground tour, but talked with some folks that have and we apparently missed out.

One other suggestion if you like dirt road travel with stunning scenery. There is a drive nearby called Titus Canyon and in our opinion, was the highlight of our Death Valley experience. Head up to the ghost town of Rhyolite and then drive Titus Canyon Road (one way) back to Death Valley. It will take you 4-6 hours to drive about 25 miles, but you will not regret it. (high clearance vehicle needed). Pack and lunch and enjoy!

Visited October 2012
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Abby S, Manager at Scotty's Castle, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
I am happy to hear that you had positive interactions with the park rangers at Scotty's Castle. And Titus Canyon is an impressive, more rugged experience. Thanks for the comments!
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South Haven, Michigan, United States
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“A trip to the past”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

The drive to Scotty's Castle is long - and well worth it. Having never been there, I wondered if it would be worth it. It was! Take the tour - lively, inspiring, a stunning home. The last room includes an organ concert that is worth the price of admission.

Visited September 2012
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Abby S, Manager at Scotty's Castle, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
Thank you for the positive feedback! I also love the pipe organ. December is a treat for employees, since we switch out the songs on the controller and hear a different variety. We have about 40 songs we can play on it automatically. Unfortunately, it's not easy to choose a specific song.
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