EXTREME SUMMER HEAT
Expect high temperatures of 100 to 120 degrees F on your summer visit to Death Valley. Heat related illness is a real possibility. Drink plenty of water and carry extra. Avoid activity in the heat. Travel prepared to survive. Watch for signs of trouble. More »
Zabriskie Point to close for repairs
Starting October 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015, all access to Zabriskie Point and surrounding area will be closed for major rehabilitation work to repair unstable support walls and improve conditions.
See what is hidden under Scotty's Castle
The Underground Tour takes you into the basement beneath the Castle for a look at the historic technology which, considering the remote desert location and the time-period, was very advanced. You will also be able to see modern technology that the National Park Service is using to help preserve the Castle. The tour will lead you through part of the tunnel system that runs beneath the Castle. The tour will culminate with a demonstration of the Pelton Water Wheel used to furnish the Castle with electricity.
The tour is completely separate from the house tour and lasts about an hour. If you have not visited Scotty's Castle before, we recommend going on the main house tour first.
Tours are available three or four times daily November through April. Underground Tours are not available from late April to late August 2014.
Tours are limited to 15 people. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Tickets are sold for the day of the tour at the Scotty's Castle Visitor Center. There may be a two-hour wait for the next available tour during peak visitation periods such as Thanksgiving weekend, the weeks of Christmas and New Year's Day, and mid-February through April. Visitation is highest between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.
Advanced tickets may be purchased at www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777 for Scotty's Castle tours. Advanced tickets must be purchased at least one day in advance. The day of the tour, tickets may only be purchased in person at the Scotty's Castle Visitor Center.Contact 760-786-2392 for more information.
Combination Tour pricing saves money for people going on both the House Tour and Underground Tour on the same day.
Did You Know?
The average evaporation rate in the bottom of Death Valley is 150 inches a year. Since the average rainfall is less than 2 inches ... the two don't quite meet. More...