Photo: House Tour

Scotty's Castle - Death Valley National Park, CA

House Tour

Historic Tour
1 hr. 00 min.
Ticket Availability


Tour Description

Best tour for first-time visitors. Tours are led by a National Park Service interpreter, dressed in period clothing from 1939. He or she will share stories about the heyday of the Castle in the late 30s, the construction in the 1920s and the curious relationship between a wealthy couple from Chicago (Albert and Bessie Johnson) and the con man (Scotty). The house is fully furnished with the Johnsons' original decorations. Some of their clothing even hangs in the closets! A highlight of the program is listening to the Welte Mignon theater organ.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 1 hr. 00 min.
  • Distance: .2 miles
  • Number of Steps: 25
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Easy

Know Before You Go

Tickets must be picked up 15 minutes in advance at the Scotty's Castle visitor center.

Flash photography and videotaping is allowed. The following items are not allowed on the tour: food, drink (including water), gum, tripods, monopods, backpacks, and strollers.

Access inside the Castle is only allowed by guided tour. Reservations are not required, by may help avoid long waits during busy seasons. Reservations are only available at least one day in advance. On the day of the tour, tickets are only sold in person at Scotty's Castle, first-come, first-served.

Tickets may be transferred to other dates or times at least one day in advance at no charge. Cancellations are possible up until the day before the scheduled tour (minus a $3/ticket fee).

The combination tour price offers a discount for people going on both the House Tour and Underground Tour in the same day.

Do you have a group of more than 15 people? The group sales option may provide options that serve your needs better. If you are arranging a tour for a curriculum-based field trip, please call 760-786-2392 x250.

Scotty's Castle House Tour information -


Tour involves walking and standing for 1 hour. There is one modern chair for visitor convenience in almost every room. Leaning against original walls or furniture is not allowed. Tour ascends and descends one flight of stairs. A wheelchair lift may be available for one visitor per tour, but will not fit wide wheelchairs or a combined weight over 400 pounds.


There are no restroom opportunities during the tour. Restrooms are located outside the visitor center. Drinks, snacks, sandwiches, books and souvenirs are available for sale in the visitor center. No food or drink is allowed on the tour.


Scotty's Castle is located in the north end of Death Valley National Park, approximately 1 hour from Stovepipe Wells or Furnace Creek in Death Valley, 1 hour from Beatty, NV, or 3 - 3 1/2 hours from Las Vegas, NV. Tickets must be picked up at the Scotty's Castle visitor center at least 15 minutes before tour time.

Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.
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