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- Address: 123 Scotty's Castle Rd, Death Valley, CA 92328, United States, Death Valley National Park
- Timings: 09:30 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-7607862392
- Ticket Price: 15 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Castle, Historical Site, Family And Kids
Scotty's Castle - Review
Windows into the past are nice, but its even better when such windows are curiosities all on their own. Walter Scott, namesake of the place, used to go around telling everyone that he built this castle with the money he made off his secret mines. Truth was, he never owned it in the first place. It belonged to a businessman (Albert Johnson) who was conned into investing Scott’s fraudulent mine, yet somehow ended up in a deep friendship with the man – enough that he built Scotty his own ranch. Albert himself only used the mansion as a winter retreat. The mansion itself is Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival and provides a wonderful glimpse into the 1920’s lifestyle of the rich. Though the castle is indeed open the year round, it’s best to check the National Park Service Website before visiting.
Scotty's Castle Information
- Ranger guided tours to LVR usually fully booked in advance.
- No restrooms at Lower Vine Ranch.
- If you’re driving here, make sure you’ve got plenty of back-up fuel. The closest gas station is over 45 miles away.
Scotty's Castle Ticket Prices
- $7.50 for children aged between 6 to 15 years.
- Same prices apply for Underground Tour.
- $20 ($10 for kids) for Lower Vine Ranch.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Scotty's Castle
57.72% of people who visit Death Valley National Park include Scotty's Castle in their plan
92.96% of people start their Scotty's Castle visit around 09 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Scotty's Castle
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Scotty's Castle
Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park Reviews
The best way that I can think of to describe this place is that it’s like another planet! A hot planet. It really is hot, I’m from South Georgia and have spent a lot of time in the Caribbean and thought I knew hot...not quite. The air is really dry, so you don’t have that “it’s so humid my sweat isn’t working” feeling, but it’s hotter and you can tell. Of course, it was July when I came, so maybe other times aren’t as bad. The dry air pulls the sweat right off so you don’t get drenched down, but get to far from your vehicle without water and you can expect to run into trouble. Okay, enough about the heat. This really is one of the most beautiful and interesting national parks I have been to and that’s quite a few. It really is hard to describe the landscape, it’s just something you’ve never seen before and is totally worth trip. I can promise that pictures do not so this place justice and if you come the only regret you will have is that you didn’t come sooner. So, fill up with gas, pack a lot of extra water and make sure your vehicle is reliable and go see it!
It was a great experience for me. I have spent some precious time there with my friends. I will never forget this trip ever. Though it was costly, I enjoyed there much with others. Everyone should visit this place at least once in his life.
We go here twice a year at peak temperatures (for at least the last 10 years). Crowds are limited at these times and we pretty much get the place to ourselves. We feel this is one of the most beautiful places in the US - especially if you are lucky enough to catch a super bloom. There is so much to see and we feel like we've barely scratched the surface here. For car nuts - if you go during the hot times, you will catch all sorts of car manufacturers doing hot weather testing with camouflaged models that are about to be released.
This is a cool national park to see, keep in mind it is very hot so bring lots of water to drink and the park is very spread out, like 60 some miles between attractions, the rest is desert in between, so make sure you have a full tank of gas. When we were there in early May it got up to 114F. I would say May is almost to late in the season. If your in the area, its totally worth checking out, you can easily spend a full day here.
Very hot as you might have guessed. Really interesting place. It is crazy to be 282 feet below sea level. This is a nice day trip from Nevada. Because of heat, come early and bring lots of water!