Scotty's Castle - Death Valley National Park, CA
Lower Vine Ranch HikeHistoric Tour
2 hr. 30 min.
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.
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.
2-mile round-trip hike over uneven surfaces. Not suitable for those with difficulty standing or walking.
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.
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.