DVNHA and the National Park Service were pleased to offer walking tours of the Scotty's Castle Grounds this spring. On October 18, 2015 over a three hour period, 3 ½ inches of rain fell on the Scottys Castle area in Grapevine Canyon, causing a massive flash flood that dramatically changed the landscape. The road and utilities were destroyed, some buildings damaged, and access to this historic area was closed. Come see first-hand how the power of water shapes the landscape of Death Valley. Participants will walk the grounds of Scotty’s Castle with a ranger to learn about the damage sustainied and the repairs in progress. Come listen to the stories of this unique palace in the desert, the people who called it home, and the plans for reopening this unique historic district.
Walking tours were scheduled Sundays at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm, March 5-April 2, 2017. $25 per person. Space is limited to 13 participants per tour.
This tour is in high demand! Check back again. Future dates may be added with cooler weather in the Fall.
Reservations Required. 1-800-478-8564 ext 10Tour Details:
- Duration: 2 hours from pick up to drop off.
- Accessibility: approximately a 2 hour walk over uneven surfaces. Not suitable for those with difficulty standing or walking
- Effort: Moderate
- For safety reasons, children under 6 years of age are not allowed on the walking tour
Know Before You Go: Group will travel together by van to the Scotty's Castle Grounds (Approximate 3 miles from meetup location).Flash photography and videotaping are allowed. Visitors are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sturdy closed-toe shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent for biting gnats. Visitors are required to stay with the park ranger at all times. Portable toilets are located at the grounds, but you are encouraged to use flush toilets before arriving. Please carry out your own trash.
Directions: At tour time, meet the ranger-guide at Grapevine Ranger Station in the north end of Death Valley National Park. From Furnace Creek, drive 17 miles west on CA-190, then 33 miles north on North Highway. Drive time is 1 hour from Furnace Creek.
**Please note: No access to Grapevine Ranger Station from the north. Scotty's Castle Road between Grapevine Ranger Station and NV-267 is closed.