Scotty's Castle, Death Valley National Park

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Also known as Death Valley Ranch, Scotty's Castle is a Spanish Colonial Revival home built in 1937. The house is named for the colorful character behind the home's construction. In 1922, performer and conman Walter Scott, or Scotty, convinced millionaire Albert Mussey Johnson to invest in a gold mine in Death Valley. The mine ended up being fraudulent, but the forgiving millionaire became an unlikely friend of Scotty and built the house as a vacation lodging. The attraction is now managed by the National Park Service, with tours offered by costumed interpreters. Original furnishings and decor still fill the upper floors of the house. An underground tour takes you through the inner workings of the house through a series of tunnels. Book tours at the Death Valley National Park visitor center. Work out when and for how long to visit Scotty's Castle and other Death Valley National Park attractions using our handy Death Valley National Park trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 1, 2017
    the road is closed !!! no visit !!! no scotty castle visit !!! i recommand you to claim to national park : you pay and you have not the service!!! it is closed ; OK but during the works the entrance f...  more »
  • May 22, 2017
    I can't make a real review on this castle, as the road is currently stopped. The rest I don't know if I'd go see that to get there you have to travel 30 miles in one way and another on the way back. ... In one day it becomes difficult to achieve it even with road. Depends on personal choice.
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  • May 22, 2017
    Spanish Colonial Revival home built in 1937. The house is named for the colorful character behind the home's construction. In 1922, performer and conman Walter Scott, or Scotty, convinced millionaire ...  more »

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Where to stay in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park provides numerous developed campgrounds where you can pitch a tent. Some of these are free, and some are open year-round, while others only offer camping in the cooler, non-summer months. There are a few privately owned and operated lodges and inns in the park, most of which feature rustic accommodations. With its upscale lodging, the Furnace Creek Inn stands as an exception. The town of Beatty, on the Nevada side of the park, offers a few basic inns and motels and a couple of casinos. On the California side, Randsburg sits farther away from the park's popular Furnace Creek area, but the town offers numerous economy motels and views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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