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Scotty's Castle

123 Scottys Castle Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
+1 760-786-2392
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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.
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123 Scottys Castle Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
+1 760-786-2392

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

the road is closed !!! no visit !!! no scotty castle visit !!! i recommand you to claim to national park : you pay and you have not the service!!! it is closed ; OK but during the works the entrance fee should be free...More

1  Thank Olivier P
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Spanish Colonial Revival home built in 1937. The house is named for the colorful character behind the home's construction. In 1922, performer and conman Walter Scott, or Scotty, convinced millionaire Albert Mussey Johnson to invest in a gold mine in Death Valley. The mine ended...More

Thank Felixstowe2016
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

The castle has been closed for a while because of damage a few years ago from water. Wondering whether it will ever open again now that so much money is going into rebuilding Furnace Creek. Visited several times. A beautiful place.

1  Thank dgdayana
Reviewed 19 April 2017

We were lucky enough to get tickets to one of the flood damage tours that they did in April 2017. The tour was very well done, it was really interesting to hear about the flood and the damage it did. The NPS Ranger did a...More

2  Thank Gomez22
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I'm typing here and can't see previous reviews but just wanted to say that it is closed until probably 2019 for some flood damage that they had awhile back. It was probably the number one reason that I had always wanted to go to Death...More

2  Thank SusanVM
Reviewed 11 April 2017

As of mid-April 2017, Scotty's Castle is still closed. There are a couple signs on the road that indicate this closure, but be forewarned. IT'S CLOSED.

2  Thank mrliterature
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This site was damaged by flood waters (10" of rain in one storm in October 2015) that left up to 5 ft. of mud in the "castle" & office areas. It's being repaired but the cost is high & the details take a lot of...More

3  Thank Kathleen,John M
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Every time I visit, it blows my mind that they would built this 'creation' in the middle of nowhere.

1  Thank Steven S
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Have been in the past but closed this time due to flooding. When we bought tickets to Death Valley were not told this so beware. Apparently will open again in 2019 .

1  Thank 147ChrisB
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Although its name, It's not a castle, but a very beautiful mansion in the desert. The architecture is typical of mansions of that time, making it seems like you are in Mexico

Thank Andre F
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It was in January 2015