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Death Valley National Park to Host Scotty’s Castle Flood Recovery Tours

Ornate, wooden, two-story hall decorated with ornate furniture.

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News Release Date: September 18, 2018

Contact: Patrick Taylor, 760-786-3279

Death Valley National Park and Death Valley Natural History Association are offering a limited number of opportunities to visit Scotty’s Castle to see the flood damage and learn about repairs. Scotty’s Castle has been closed since a massive flood on October 18, 2015 caused extensive damage to utilities, buildings, and Bonnie Clare Road.
The two hour ranger-led walking tours will provide an opportunity to enter the closed area.  The ranger will share the stories of the people who built this palace in the desert, the 2015 flood, and the National Park Service’s progress towards reopening this unique historic site.
While most of the tour route is outdoors, it includes entering the Great Hall of Scotty’s Castle. Furnishings are now in temporary storage off-site, revealing architectural details including ornate woodwork and tiling that was previously obscured by the furniture.
Death Valley National Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds stated, “Visiting Scotty’s Castle right now is an incredibly unique and unprecedented experience. In addition to seeing the intricacies of the castle in a new light, there's also the increased chance of wildlife sightings, and the opportunity to see evidence of the flood of 2015.”
Walking tours are scheduled every Sunday from December 2, 2018 to April 14, 2019. Tickets are $25 per person, plus a ticketing fee. Reservations are required. For more information and to make a reservation, visit Fees collected from this tour will be used to help with preservation work at this historic district.
Death Valley National Park is the homeland of the Timbisha Shoshone and preserves natural and cultural resources, exceptional wilderness, scenery, and learning experiences within the nation’s largest conserved desert landscape and some of the most extreme climate and topographic conditions on the planet. About two-thirds of the park was originally designated as Death Valley National Monument in 1933. Today the park is enjoyed by about 1,300,000 people per year. The park is 3,400,000 acres – nearly as large as the state of Connecticut. Learn more at

Last updated: September 20, 2018

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