On the night of October 18, 2015, Scotty's Castle received 2 3/4 inches of rain— a year's worth of rain within a mere five hours. This followed a half-inch of rain the day before. The rain and hail fell on the steep slopes of Grapevine Canyon and quickly caused a flash flood of mud and rocks headed towards Scotty's Castle flowing at an estimated 3,200 cubic feet per second.
Damage Done, Repairs Underway
The 2015 flood was much larger than any flood event since the construction of Scotty's Castle in the 1920s. Fortunately, the storm did only minor damage to the main house at Scotty's Castle, but many other buildings or facilities were heavily damaged.
Flood Photo & Video Gallery
Flood Recovery Videos
A video series highlighting the work done following the flood and fire.
Scotty's Castle History
Learn more about the history of the castle and the masterminds behind this architectural wonder.
Flood Recovery Tours
While the castle remains closed for repairs, limited tours are available with advanced reservation.
Last updated: February 6, 2023