Frankly this is the only thing in Death Valley that I didn't care about. In my opinion it's just a house albeit a fancy one in the middle of the desert. They were charging $10 to visit the interior and we decided it's not worth it. There was a long line of people willing to pay the $10 so in fact it was $10 plus waiting. We visited the grounds instead.
The story about the castle goes like this: Scotty was a guy who pretended to have found a gold mine and be filthy rich; in reality he had no money but he persuaded his friend Albert Johnson, a Chicago millionaire who was searching for a quiet retreat, to build this house. The building started in the 20's but was never finished.
Lies 60 km north of Hwy 178. Scotty’s Castle is a big Mediterranean-style Hacienda built for a millionaire and his eccentric friend, “Death valley Scotty”. Great stories are told about this lovely old building; Guided tours in costume and following local habits are offered daily from 09.00 hrs till 17.00 hrs. Normally the waiting time is approx. 1 hour.
Of course since this was still the old west and both Mr. Johnson and Scotty enjoyed hunting, they had a nice gun collection.
There were a number of very nice paintings in the home. I think the woman in the painting shown in Photo 4 was Mrs. Johnson.
This was the dining area, and shows the large collection of china used for the guests. Photo 2 shows the chair Scotty sat in during meals to eat and tell his stories.
Here are two photos of the kitchen. Photo 1 shows the early refrigerator and photo 2 shows part of the Johnson’s extensive collection of Native American Baskets.
This was one of the guest rooms. Many famous people stayed at Scotty’s Castle. A number of actors and even a president or two.
The tour starts in the plaza area of the castle with an orientation briefing by a ranger in period costume.
There are picnic tables located by the parking area so you can eat lunch outdoors and admire the castle.
There is a neat looking tour with bells and chimes inside just on the other side of the powerhouse. I do not think this building is open to the public.
East of the home are the stables. Today the building is used to store a collection of wagons and cars from the home and the era.
On slightly higher ground along the trail to Scotty’s Grave is the house where the cook and other servants lived.