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.
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.
Participants should wear good walking shoes or boots and bring water and snacks, sunscreen and insect repellent. Cameras are permitted.
Last updated: December 20, 2016