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Scotty's Castle - Death Valley National Park, CA

Lower Vine Ranch Hike

Historic Tour
2 hr. 30 min.


There are currently no Lower Vine Tours scheduled. The soonest that they might be offered would be in November. We will likely know dates for Lower Vine Tours for the 2014-2015 winter season in October. Please check back then.
Ticket Availability


Tour Description

Scotty's Castle was not Scotty's home. Albert and Bessie Johnson had the structures at Lower Vine Ranch built partly as a residence for Scotty and partly to lock up water rights near the Castle. Scotty's modest cabin, garage, small blacksmith shed, grain shed, and corrals are seen on this 2-mile round trip ranger-guided hike over uneven surfaces.

Lower Vine Ranch hikes are offered occasional dates from December through April.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 2 hr. 30 min.
  • Distance: 2 miles
  • Number of Steps: 5
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Moderate

Know Before You Go

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

Flash photography and videotaping are allowed. Hikers are encouraged to bring water, snacks, sturdy closed-toe shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant for biting gnats. Hikers are required to stay with the park ranger at all times. Wasps and/or bees can be present along the hike or at the cabin.

If reserving a House Tour or Underground Tour before the Lower Vine hike, please allow 15 minutes after the end of the first tour before starting the Lower Vine hike. If reserving a house tour or underground tour after the Lower Vine hike, please allow 30 from the end of the Lower Vine tour for travel and break time.

Lower Vine Ranch hike information -


2-mile round-trip hike over uneven surfaces. Not suitable for those with difficulty standing or walking.


No restrooms.


Visitors with reservations should go to the Scotty's Castle visitor center (in the north end of Death Valley National Park) to pick up tickets and receive directions to the trailhead. The trailhead is 5 miles from Scotty's Castle on paved roads. Tickets must be picked up 30 minutes before tour time to allow time to drive to the trailhead.

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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