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Scotty's Castle reopens after fire in Death Valley National Park

May 30, 2013

After escaping serious damage from a nearby wildfire, Scotty's Castle reopened today. The national landmark is a window into the life and times of the Roaring '20s and Depression '30s. It was and is an engineer's dream home, a wealthy matron's vacation home and a man-of-mystery's hideout and getaway. DVNP photo

DEATH VALLEY — Historic Scotty’s Castle reopened today, Thursday, May 30, after a fire burned 15 acres of vegetation north of the Castle last week. Scotty’s Castle is a Spanish style mansion built in the 1930s that hosts daily living history tours. Tours were scheduled to resume this morning for on-site visitors and reservation holders.
Crews from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service assisted a National Park Service initial attack crew who responded on Tuesday, May 22. The fire was contained on Thursday, May 23. No injuries occurred and only minor damage to one outbuilding on the Castle grounds was sustained during the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Ranger-guided tours are the only way to see the interior of Scotty's Castle. Same-day tour tickets are sold at the Scotty's Castle Visitor Center, first-come, first-served. Avoid long waits by making reservations at or by calling (877)444-6777 at least one day in advance.


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