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“The end of the tour is worth the admission”
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.
Reviewed December 30, 2012

The story behind Scotty's Castle is deep in history and how two men from very different back grounds provided each other with something that was lacking in their lives. My husband hates guided tours because so often they are 'canned' verbal text with no character or charm. This tour was great and passed quickly because of the story behind the friendship as told by the National Park guide and the end of the tour was spectacular and worth every cent we paid.

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Reviewed December 20, 2012

This is just one fascinating place from the legend and myth to the actual facts. Take the combo tour (this includes the underground). You will not believe that this was builtand lived in as a "summer" home in Daeth Valley. But as the tour progresses it will become clear how it all came about and some of genius that went into the design.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

The castle itself was interesting to see, but it wasn't my cup of tea. We took the tour ($15/person), which seems a little steep, but that's how they keep the castle going. I'm not that much into history, architecture, etc. and the tour guide was a little over-the-top, but she knew her stuff. We had a limited amount of time in the park, and I would rather have spent it outside in the elements. But, if you're into this sort of thing, the castle and it's story are interesting. If you're not into the tour thing, you can walk around the grounds and then head back out into the beautiful outdoors.

Tip: there's a discount if you have a Senior Parks Pass.

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Abby S, Manager at Scotty's Castle, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

Correct - individuals with an Interagency Senior Pass get a 50% discount. If you don't have one and qualify (U.S. permanent resident aged 62 or older), you can get the lifetime pass for $10 at our visitor center.

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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Scotty's Castle is a great place to visit while travelling through Death Valley. We are staying in Pahrump, NV and did the drive to see Scotty's Castle. 2 1/2 drive but worth it, the drive is beautiful and that darn Scotty was something to hear about. The Ranger we had on the tour was great. Get there early and do the house and underground tour, for that long of a drive you want to do both, well worth it. The only reason to go early is if you have a long drive back to where you are staying. I don't like driving in the dark in the middle of the desert.

Thank altonjk
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Abby S, Manager at Scotty's Castle, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

Glad to hear the ranger gave a good tour!

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Reviewed November 30, 2012

We had been to Scotty's castle before, but never took the tour. It was worth it. You have to sign up in the gift shop and wait for your tour to be called in the courtyard. An employee in period costume takes you through the house. The furnishings are all there (and lots more still in boxes in the basement), including Scotty's hats and ties. It's cool, comfortable and intriguing. The people, Scotty, the Johnsons and the workers who built and maintained this oasis are the makings of a comedy/tragedy. The "castle", itself, is a wonder to behold.

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Abby S, Manager at Scotty's Castle, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2012

Thanks for sharing that it was worth taking the tour to go inside the house. In order to protect all the orginal furniture, clothing, books, and Indian baskets, we can only allow people inside on a ranger-guided tour.

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