Scotty's Castle Road Construction
Expect 30 minute delays Monday-Saturday on Scotty's Castle Road and Mesquite Springs Campground Road. Caution advised due to unpaved surfaces and sections of one-lane road.
Scotty's Castle Road Closure
The road from Scotty's Castle east to the park boundary will be closed to all traffic from February 10 to April 10, 2014. The Castle can be accessed from the south via CA-190 and Scotty's Castle Road; expect 30 minute delays.
Lower Vine Ranch Hike
Lower Vine Ranch was Scotty's home, not his castle. Scotty's Castle never belonged to Scotty, but was the vacation home of Scotty's benefactors and friends Albert and Bessie Johnson. They built Scotty his own home at Lower Vine Ranch.
Ranger-Guided Hiking Tours
Lower Vine Ranch is usually closed to the public. However, occasional ranger-guided hikes are given. Each hike is limited to 7 or 15 people, depending on staffing. A Lower Vine Ranch Hike is scheduled for March 2, 2014.
Ranger-guided hiking tours to Lower Vine Ranch are often fully booked in advance. Go to www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 to purchase advance tickets.
Tours will last approximately 2½ hours and involves a two-mile walk roundtrip over a graded dirt road. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and not recommended for those with difficulty walking.
Day of Tour Logistics
Participants must pick up their tickets at the Scotty's Castle Ticket Office at least 15 minutes before the tour begins. This will allow time to prepare for the hike and meet the group. Participants must drive their own vehicles to the starting point or car pool with other participants.
Participants should wear good walking shoes or boots and bring water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Cameras are permitted.
No restrooms are available at Lower Vine Ranch - visitors are strongly encouraged to use the restrooms at Scotty's Castle.
Did You Know?
Telescope Peak in Death Valley National Park was named by Dr. Samuel George in 1861. After climbing the 11,049 foot peak, Dr. George said that he could see so far that it reminded him of looking through a telescope.