Scotty's Castle CLOSED following a significant flood, and is unlikely to reopen until at least 2021. Access to the Castle and Grapevine Canyon areas is prohibited, unless part of a ticketed Flood Recovery Tour.
Death Valley Ranch
Hidden in the green oasis of Grapevine Canyon in far northern Death Valley is the Death Valley Ranch, or "Scotty's Castle" as it is more commonly known, which is a window into the life and times of the Roaring '20s and Depression '30s. It was and is an engineer's dream home, a wealthy matron's vacation home and a man-of-mystery's hideout and getaway.
Albert Mussey Johnson built the house as a vacation getaway for himself and his wife Bessie.
Flood Recovery ToursDVNHA and the National Park Service are pleased to offer walking tours of the Scotty's Castle Grounds. Participants will walk the grounds of Scotty’s Castle with a ranger to learn about the damage sustainied and the repairs in progress. Listen to the stories of this unique palace in the desert, the people who called it home, and the plans for reopening this unique historic district.
Reservations Required. For tickets and information, please visit Scotty's Castle Recovery Tours Info and Reservations.
Virtual TourLearn more about the history, construction, and decoration of the castle, as well as explore galleries of the collections at the NPS Virtual Museum Exhibit page.
Last updated: August 4, 2020