Lower Vine Ranch Hike

Lower Vine Ranch
Scotty's Cabin at Lower Vine Ranch

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. Lower Vine Ranch Hikes will be offered when staffing is available for the 2017 Spring season.

Ranger-guided hiking tours to Lower Vine Ranch must be booked in advance. Go to www.recreation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777 to purchase tickets. Tickets cannot be purchased at the park or on the day of the event.

Adult (age 16-61)
$20.00
Interagency Senior Pass Holders
$10.00
Interagency Access Pass Holders
$10.00
Child (age 6-15)
$10.00
Child (age 5 & under)
Free

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

The tour will begin at 10:30 am at the Grapevine Ranger Station. Bring your reservation confirmation with you to the tour. There are no bathrooms after the Ranger Station, so plan accordingly.

Directions to the Grapevine Ranger Station: From Highway 190 - turn north onto Scotty's Castle Road and continue 33 miles north to the Grapevine Ranger Station, on the left side of the road.

From Beatty, NV: continue into the park on NV 374 (Daylight Pass Road). At the end of the road, turn north onto Scotty's Castle Road and continue 33 miles north to the Grapevine Ranger Station, on the left side of the road.

Participants should wear good walking shoes or boots and bring water and snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent. Cameras are permitted.

Scotty's Castle and NV-267 access to/from US-95 is still closed to this site. You can reach this site on pavement from the south either from Highway 190 or NV-374 (Beatty, NV).

There is a possibility of encountering biting gnats (black flies) and wasps.

Last updated: December 20, 2016

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 579
Death Valley, CA 92328

Phone:

(760) 786-3200

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