Scotty's Castle

CLOSURE NOTICE: Scotty's Castle area is closed following a significant flood, and is unlikely to reopen until at least 2022. Access to the Castle and Grapevine Canyon areas is prohibited, unless part of a ticketed Flood Recovery Tour. More information on the flood and recovery efforts linked below.

a large castle building in desert scenery
Death Valley Ranch, also known as "Scotty's Castle."

NPS / Bob Greenburg

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.

Walter Scott, known as "Death Valley Scotty," convinced everyone that he had built the castle with money from his rich secret mines in the area.

Scotty was the mystery, the cowboy, and the entertainer, but he was also a friend. Albert was the brains and the money. Two men as different as night and day, from different worlds and with different visions - but shared a dream.

Learn more about the building of the castle.


Last updated: October 19, 2020

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