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Scotty’s Castle Road reopens, construction delays continue

After several weeks of road construction, Scotty’s Castle Road is fully open to through traffic as of April 11. Scotty’s Castle Road, also known as Bonnie Claire Road, is located in the northern part of Death Valley National Park, and provides access to Scotty’s Castle historic house museum.

Construction will continue after the road reopens. The project includes widening lanes, replacing the historic concrete fence line, installing flash flood mitigation, and repaving the road.

A separate chip seal road project began on the 33-mile southern section of the road between CA-190 and Grapevine Ranger Station April 14th.

This section of the road may have 15-minute delays. Additionally, the northern 8-mile section of the road between Grapevine and the park boundary may have 30-minute delays. This net total of 45-minute delays on Scotty’s Castle Road is possible until mid-May.

Currently Scotty’s Castle house tours are offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at least every hour. Tour schedules will be reduced for the summer season. Starting Sunday, April 21, the minimum daily schedule will be house tours at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., although more tours may be added. Underground tours will resume in the fall.

Reservations for tours can be made up to 9 p.m. the night before at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. On the day of the tour, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Scotty’s Castle.

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