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“Such a shame it was never finished”
Review of Scotty's Castle

Scotty's Castle
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US$214.99*
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Death Valley Day Trip from Las Vegas
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 21 September 2013

Allow at least 3 hrs for this attraction. We did the castle tour and the underground tour and the guide that gave the castle tour was absolutely brilliant, especially when he was pretending to be Scotty. The underground tour was also interesting as you get to see the tiles for the swimming pool which was never finished in the cellars. Definitely do both tours as they will give you a good insight into how the castle evolved and why it was never finished.

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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Heard a lot of stories about this "castle," none of which were true. Getting the factual history was fascinating. If you enjoy architecture, hand crafted furniture, beautiful Spanish/Italian tile and flooring, you'll be awed! The "castle" was was intended to be a ranch/resort for the owners, so the name is a bit misleading. The underground water workings were not able to be viewed due to lack of staff. Too bad because that was what would have been, for me, very interesting. Tips: no water allowed in the structure, you cannot lean, sit or touch anything in the building. It is not wheelchair accessible. So if you are unable to stand for the hour presentation, let them know. Our Ranger was less than enthusiastic, and did not seem to have the interest in learning more about the history of the place.

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Reviewed 28 August 2013

Well worth the 30 mile drive North (as if you go a little further, Ubehebe Crater awaits you), and be sure to take both the 'tour' (the Organ music is not to be missed) and walk up the hill to Scotty's (and his dog) Burial site, for an impressive view of the Castle grounds. To your right, you will also see the railroad ties that were dug up from the Tonopah & Tidewater RR that once serviced Rhyolite, the Ghost Town off the top of Titus Cyn, They were brought in for Scotty's Castle's Fire place, for cold winters. Too bad the Castle was never finished.

Thank Steven S
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

This is a must to go and tour. Make sure you visit down below and walk to see Scotty's grave. Look out back to view the firewood. I bought a book to read more stories about Scotty.

2  Thank LRC1957
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Despite the intense heat, this is a great place to visit. Ranger was very friendly and informative, castle and grounds beautiful and history of the area, people and steps that led to the building of this "resort" was very interesting. The ride to and from the actual castle is also well worth the effort--beautiful scenery.

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