|Destination: Scotty’s Castle, Death Valley CA|
Distance from Point of Origin: 181 miles.
Estimated (One Way) Travel Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Directions: From the Stratosphere Casino head northeast on Las Vegas Blvd about 3 miles and turn left onto US-93/95, keeping on the left for 95 North towards Reno. Following US-95 North towards the Mt. Charleston area, drive 152 miles and turn left at Scotty’s Junction onto NV-267 W/Sutton. Continue to follow NV-267 W. for 22 miles, entering California. Continue onto Scotty’s Castle Rd. for 4-1/2 miles and turn right to enter the property.
General Description: 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 20's and Depression 30's. Scotty's Castle is neither a "Castle" nor, "Scotty's." In fact, the popular 32,000-square-foot compound was built in 1927 by Albert Johnson, a wealthy Chicago insurance executive, who constructed Death Valley Ranch for his health. How Johnson's ranch came to be called Scotty's Castle, is a tribute to Walter E. Scott, who during a lifetime of shameless self-promotion, hustling and swindling, came to be known as Death Valley Scotty. Two men as different as night and day, from different worlds and with different visions - who shared a dream.
Special Attraction or Points of Interest: There are actually three different tours available, with tours of the house or castle being the primary point of interest, and is well worth the cost. An underground tour provides a view into the inner workings of the building. One-quarter of a mile of tunnels run under the building. You can visit the powerhouse, see thousands of tiles that were to be used for the never-finished swimming pool, and see the "swamp cooler" which provided air-conditioning to the house.
Primary Activity: Photography
Secondary Activities: Hiking
Elevation: 2,997 Feet
Best Time To Visit: Open year round. The castle tour lasts about an hour. Check the website for fees, hours and tour times. http://www.nps.gov/deva/historyculture/house-tour.htm
Difficulty: Easy walking around the castle grounds. However, the Lower Vine Ranch hiking tour is approximately 2½ hours and involves a 2 mile walk roundtrip over a graded dirt road. This tour is not handicap accessible and not recommended for those with difficulty walking. Check the website for details. http://www.nps.gov/deva/historyculture/lower-vine.htm
Facilities: There are restroom facilities, however, there is no gasoline available and dry snacks and bottled water are the only food available.
Estimated Round-trip Time: Travel and all three tours, roughly 10 hours.
|More Info On Scotty’s Castle: http://www.nps.gov/deva/historyculture/scottys-castle.htm|
Slideshow Description: The slideshow above contains 32 pictures that were taken around the grounds that surround the main house known as Scotty’s Castle, as well as nearly 20 pictures of the inside rooms.
PDF Collage: In 2009 I produced a series of PDF collages for the creation of "Our Travel & Entertainment Diary" blog. Click here to view a two page PDF collage of Scotty's Castle ... Scotty's Castle - Death Valley, California.