Scotty’s Castle Flood Recovery Tours

Scottys Castle 1 SOLD OUT --DVNHA and the National Park Service are pleased to now offer walking tours of the Scotty's Castle Grounds. 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 conducted Sundays at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm, March 5-April 2, 2017. Dates are SOLD OUT $25 per person. Space is limited to 13 participants per tour.

This tour is in high demand! Our phone lines and voicemail system has been inundated with calls since Death Valley National Park's press release last week.
If you have left a message your call will be returned as soon as possible! Calls are being returned in the order they were received. We apologize for the delay. Hopefully we will be able to add additional tours in the fall with the cooler weather to anyone who didn't get to attend this go around.

Reservations Required. 1-800-478-8564 ext 10

Tour 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.

 

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Death Valley Natural History Association
PO Box 188
Death Valley, CA 92328

1-800-478-8564 ext. 10
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