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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.
Phoenix, Arizona
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80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fun, interesting”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Take the tour, the history of the place and it's occupants is very interesting. The 1930's technology is really cool - solar water heating, spring fed plumbing, central heat...

Visited June 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Closed due to fire”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Don't know what happened but Scotty's Castle was closed on Saturday May 25 due to a fire. Many of the palm trees were totally destroyed and the fire burned along the road as well. I do not know when it will reopen.

Visited May 2013
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Middlebury, Indiana
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88 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Nice Place out in Nowwhere”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Had been to Las Vegas 4 years and never went to Death Valley so this year we decided to go. Found Scotty's Castle and glad we went. Neat place to go in Death Valley. Had a good tour guide and the house was very nice to go through. Did not make it to the underground tour but wish we did. Hot outside but nice and cool inside. Interesting history of the "Castle" Had a very good time.

Visited May 2013
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Sebastopol, California
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62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Scotty's Castle will be closed July 15 - August 19 2013”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

See the website for details, and check back before making the trek.
NOTICE: Scotty's Castle will be closed July 15, 2013 through August 9, 2013. The Scotty's Castle grounds and visitor center will be closed, and tours will be cancelled. Park maintenance staff will be working on several projects during that time, including grading and repaving walkways to reduce persistent safety problems. We apologize for the inconvenience.

(I visited as a child more than 20 years ago and plan to go back at the end of summer, found this notice and thought we should have it for the TA community)

Visited May 2013
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Las Vegas
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59 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Scott'ys Castle, A Blast from the Past”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Scotty's Castle is only one of the many attractions at the site. The Docent's dress in period costumes while conducting the great tours of an amazing home...also the truth about "Scotty" is told in a very funny way...there are two tours, the Home and the underground, both of which were very informative and take you right back to the period. The fees are reasonable and there is a store at the Visitor Center where you can purchase some foods and souvenires.

Visited April 2013
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