“Hidden in the green oasis of Grapevine Canyon”
Hidden in the green oasis of Grapevine Canyon in far northern Death Valley, the Death Valley Ranch, or Scotty's Castle as it is more commonly known, 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. Walter Scott, Death Valley Scotty, convinced everyone that he had built the castle with money from his rich secret mines in the area. Albert Mussey Johnson actually built the house as a vacation getaway for himself and his wife Bessie. 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 - who shared a dream. Scotty's Castle the fantasy house and Scotty's Castle the story are available every day. Take a living history tour and step back into 1939
Scotty was a totally crazy, super interesting guy. He was in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, he broke the cross-country train speed record, and conned TONS of people with a mining scheme. Scotty even conned the guy who built the castle-- they became best friends later on.
SORRY, but Scotty's Castle still closed and not expected to open until 2019, according to the National Park Service. But do not miss Death Valley - it is spectacular.
This landmark was closed in October 2015 due to extreme flood damage. Not expected to re-open until after October 2016
This place was SO interesting. We took the House and Underground tours and recommend them in that order if you can swing it. Though the opulence does not quite rival Hearst Castle, the story of this place is just - if not more - fascinating and definitely movie worthy. The rangers and tour guides also do a phenomenal job retelling it. There's sandwiches, snacks and a picnic area but no restaurant. Highly recommend it!
Great stop. Did not take any of the tour but still a lot to see, read and learn. Great stop for a picnic!
Tucked somewhere at Grapevine Canyon, Scotty's Castle is a building that represents the era of 20's and 30's.
It used to be the house and place for relaxation of Walter Scott, an engineer at the time.Ranger-guided tours are available for everyone to see the internal beauty of this Castle.
We took the tour and really got to know the creator of this place. It was very worth it and even the children were surprised for what is hidden behind the philosophy of this building.
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