Death Valley National Park Sights

Scotty's Castle

  • Scotty's Castle Rd. (Hwy. 267) Map It
  • Death Valley
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

This Moorish-style mansion, begun in 1924 and never completed, takes its name from Walter Scott, better known as Death Valley Scotty. An ex-cowboy, prospector, and performer in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Scotty always told people the castle was his, financed by gold from a secret mine. In reality, there was no mine, and the house belonged to a Chicago millionaire named Albert Johnson, whom Scott had finagled into investing in the fictitious mine. Despite the con, Johnson and Scott became great friends. The house functioned for a while as a hotel and still contains works of art, imported carpets, handmade European furniture, and a tremendous pipe organ. To see both floors of the house, you must book a tour—purchase tickets in advance to reserve a space during holidays and some weekends. Park rangers dressed in period attire re-create life at the castle circa the 1930s. Check out the Underground Tour (separate admission ticket required), which takes you through a ¼-mile tunnel in the castle basement.

Sight Information

Address:

Scotty's Castle Rd. (Hwy. 267), Death Valley, California, 92328, USA

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Phone:

760-786–2392

Website: www.nps.gov/deva

Sight Details:

  • $15

Published 07/06/2016

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