Scotty's Castle

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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

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Scotty's Castle

  • 95% of people who visit Death Valley National Park include Scotty's Castle in their plan

  • 83.23% of people start their Scotty's Castle visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Scotty's Castle

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Scotty's Castle

People normally club together Zabriskie Point and Ubehebe Crater while planning their visit to Scotty's Castle.

People also prefer to start their day with Scotty's Castle.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park Reviews

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  • A great and strange experience. It is definitely worth it. It is a disturbing feeling to know that without a car and water you will probably die within 30 Minutes around noon and temperatures around 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 36 plus Celsius in the beginning of April. I think it would probably take only 10 minutes in July. And the sun. Oh dear it felt even more intense than in Arizona. Although called death valley there is so much beauty and the rangers and staff of the park are doing a tremendous job. Just driving the artistic drive within the Canyons is so scenic and beautiful,because the Canyons shimmer in different colors due to the different minerals that are reflected by the light. The bad water basin is impressive and so are the sand dunes. If you don't have a rental car and are owner of a SUV, I would also recommend driving the dirt roads. There is more than enough to do for one full day, but be aware you will drive at least 100 miles within the national park. Great that there are two (although rather expensive) gas stations within the national park. Furthermore although the park recommends one gallon of water per day and person, I finished my first gallon within 3 hours. I would recommend to bring at least two if you consider to do a walk.

  • Death Valley National Park was hot and off the map but we enjoyed it a great deal. We sat on some rather deserted sand dunes and went down to the lowest point and took some good photos with the mud hole that's all dried up. Wouldn't have been a complete photo shoot without staging like our car over heated and we were going to have to suffer a long walk to safety. Thank You! Aloha!

  • I love Death Valley. There are many beautiful side canyons to explore, no trail required. Furnace Creek is an especially nice place to stay when not out camping in the wild. I enjoy the well laid out gardens and golf course, relaxed atmosphere, plus the generally friendly & upbeat people to be found there. Mid-March is a good time to go. Not too cold but not too hot yet either.

  • This place is EPIC. We loved the whole place and the colours - amazing. Highly recommended. Make sure you pack lots of essentials and lots of good clean drinking water. So many attractions to visit throughout the area and the massive size of the place is breathtaking. So glad we visited.

  • Amazing, if you have time to see at least the major highlights. It's a good sized park, so plan for several hours of driving within the park for the major highlights, add even more time for stops and whatnot. Plus it's easily 45 minutes from an entrance to the main area of the park. So plan accordingly!

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