Photo: Underground Tour

Scotty's Castle - Death Valley National Park, CA

Underground Tour

Historic Tour
1 hr. 00 min.
Ticket Availability


Tour Description

Scotty's Castle was very remote when it was built in the 1920s. The Underground Tour focuses on how the Johnsons built a comfortable vacation home in Death Valley. Tours are led by a National Park Service interpreter. The tunnels are concrete-lined and walking-sized. The tour sees the basement, underground tunnels, heating system, original pipes, and the original power generating and storage system. A highlight is a demonstration of electric generation with one of the original Pelton water wheels.

Underground tours are offered daily November through April, and occasionally in May, September and October.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 1 hr. 00 min.
  • Distance: 0.2 miles
  • Number of Steps: 50
  • 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, or strollers. The tunnels are not heated, please dress warmly in winter.

Access inside the Underground is only allowed by guided tour.

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


Tour involves walking and standing for 1 hour. There are limited opportunities to sit or lean. Multiple stairs. Route is dimly lit and has tripping hazards.


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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