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Scotty's Castle - Death Valley National Park, CA

Lower Vine Ranch Hike

Historic Tour
2 hr. 30 min.
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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 January through April.


Tour Details

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

Know Before You Go

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. Strong winds are possible - check the weather report.

If reserving a House Tour or Underground Tour before the Lower Vine hike, please allow 30 minutes after the end of the other tour before starting the Lower Vine hike.The Lower Vine Ranch area is closed to the public by order of the superintendent except for access during these ranger-led hikes.

Lower Vine Ranch hike information -
http://www.nps.gov/deva/historyculture/lower-vine.htm


Accessibility

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


Amenities

No restrooms.


Directions

The Lower Vine Ranch Hike meets at a trailhead - NOT AT SCOTTY'S CASTLE. The trailhead is in the north end of Death Valley National Park, approximately 5 miles from Scotty's Castle. If you have purchased your tickets in advance, there is no need to go to Scotty's Castle to check in for the tour.

If driving from the Furnace Creek or Stovepipe Wells areas of Death Valley, take CA-190 to Scotty's Castle Road and go north. In approximately 33 miles you will pass the last restroom opportunity at Grapevine Ranger Station. ΒΌ mile after Grapevine Ranger Station, turn left toward Ubehebe Crater. In approximately 2 miles, the road will bend to the right and an unmarked intersection with an unpaved road. Please park on the shoulder of the paved road just past this turn. The park ranger should be at this location about 15 minutes before the scheduled program time.

If driving from Scotty's Castle: turn right out of the parking lot onto Scotty's Castle Road. In approximately 3 miles, turn right at the sign for Ubehebe Crater. In approximately 2 miles, the road will bend to the right and an unmarked intersection with an unpaved road. Please park on the shoulder of the paved road just past this turn. The park ranger should be at this location about 15 minutes before the scheduled program 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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