Scotty’s Castle flood-recovery tours scheduled monthly

Scotty’s Castle flood-recovery tours scheduled monthlyDEATH VALLEY, CALIF.—Death Valley National Park is partnering with Death Valley Natural History Association in offering Scotty’s Castle Flood Recovery Tours this winter.

Scotty’s Castle has been closed since a massive flood on October 18, 2015, caused extensive damage to utilities, buildings and Bonnie Clare Road. The ranger-led walking tours will provide visitors an opportunity to enter this closed area to see how work is progressing as the National Park Service rebuilds and renovates the entire campus.

Participants will walk the grounds of Scotty’s Castle with a ranger to learn about the damage sustained and the repairs in progress. While most of the tour route is outdoors, it includes a look into the Great Hall of Scotty’s Castle. Furnishings are now in storage off-site, revealing architectural details including ornate woodwork and tiling. The ranger will share the stories of this palace in the desert, the people who called it home and the plans for reopening this unique historic district.

Walking tours are scheduled every Saturday from Dec. 2 to April 14. Tickets are $25 per person, plus ticketing fee. Space is limited to 13 participants per tour. Reservations are required. For more information and to make a reservation, visit

Pictured: Top photo shows panoramic view of the temporarily closed attraction. -- Photo by Timothy Neipp

Story First Published: 2017-11-10