Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park
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Address: 123 Scotty's Castle Rd, Death Valley, CA 92328, United States, Death Valley National Park
Ticket Price: 15 USD
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:30 am - 04:00 pm Details
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About Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park
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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Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park Reviews
Awesome and vast National Park. On the surface there doesn't appear to be much but it is full of surprises if you are willing to explore. Be careful in summer. The valleys are extremely hot and maybe should be avoided in the summer. However, head up into the mountains and it'll be cool and you might see stuff that many tourists miss.
Dry and barren, yet exquisite in it's landscape and geology. We hiked most of the well known viewpoints and found them all fascinating. Most 'hikes' are paved or packed gravel, so easy trekking. Amenities are few, including water, so bring your own. We hiked in mid-January and it was already plenty warm and certainly dry. We thought the "Artist's Scenic Drive" was worth a day trip, and there are many other viewpoints worth a few hours at least.
This is a huge national park. and there are a ton of things to see but they are spread all over so be prepared to drive when you are here. Be smart about where you go, let someone know if you are going to go hike in a remote part of the park. The desert is unique place to see and experience, plan a trip for at least three days if you want to see all of the park and if you can plan to watch the stars at night they are amazing out here , or a full moon hike.
Death Valley is a must see. There is much more here then just a dessert. This is a natural wonder. For added fun make the drive from Death Valley to Lone Pine. It's just a couple of hours but you can go from the lowest place in the Continental United States to the highest. The view of Mount Whitney rising from the dessert is astonishing. A great slab of granite filling the horizon.
Simply amazing. This place is the best place for drives. Mountains are so colorful and each one is different. Many spots to cover. Took 2 days to complete all major points. Worth visiting once