Operating Hours & Seasons

Furnace Creek Visitor Center

The Furnace Creek Visitor Center is the place to start your trip to Death Valley.

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Death Valley National Park is open year-round and may be visited day or night.


Furnace Creek Visitor Center & Museum

  • October 2014–June 13, 2015 : Open daily, 8 am to 5 pm
  • June 14, 2015–October 2015: Open daily, 9 am to 6 pm

Phone (760) 786-3200

The visitor center is located in the Furnace Creek resort area on California Highway 190. Furnace Creek is 30 miles from Death Valley Junction and 24 miles from Stovepipe Wells Village.

A 20 minute park film is shown throughout the day. During the winter season, November to April, rangers present a wide variety of walks, talks, and slide presentations about Death Valley's cultural and natural history. Additional programs may be presented at other times. Inquire at the visitor center for current programs.

Available Facilities
The Furnace Creek Visitor Center is the main visitor information source for the park. There is a fully staffed information desk with information on all aspects of the park and its operation. The Death Valley Natural History Association maintains a well stocked book sales outlet specifically geared towards the natural and cultural history of the park.

Scotty's Castle Visitor Center


  • Grounds are open daily, 9 am to 3:45 pm
  • Visitor Center open daily, 9:45 am to 3:15 pm
Phone (760) 786-2392 ext.0

Scotty's Castle and the Scotty's Castle Visitor Center are located in the north part of Death Valley National Park, 53 miles from Furnace Creek and approximately 45 miles from Stovepipe Wells Village. From U.S. Route 95, 154 miles north of Las Vegas, it is 26 miles to Scotty's Castle on Nevada State Route 267.

Special Programs
The highlight of a visit to Scotty's Castle is the 50-55 minute long guided living-history tour of the interior of the main house. Tour reservations can be made 24 hours (or more) in advance by visiting www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Same-day tour tickets may be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis at the Scotty's Castle Visitor Center. A self-guiding tour of the Castle grounds is also available. Check at the visitor center for more information and guide booklet.

Available Facilities
Scotty's Castle is a day-use area only. Park visitors are only allowed to walk around the grounds and the buildings when the site is staffed by park rangers and the gate is open. This is generally daily in the cooler months, approximately 8:30 am - 4 pm. During May 2015 through August 2015, all access to the Scotty's Castle grounds may be closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. No overnight accommodations are available on site. Restrooms are located on the property. Gasoline is not available at Scotty's Castle. The nearest gas stations are at Stovepipe Wells (45 miles south), Furnace Creek (53 miles South), and Beatty, Nevada (60 miles southeast). The Death Valley Natural History Association operates a book/gift store inside the Scotty's Castle Visitor Center. The association provides books, gifts, drinks, pre-packaged food items and general information on the story of Scotty's Castle and Death Valley.

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