Death Valley to host 'Scotty's Castle Days' Oct.7-8

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. - Death Valley National Park will host a free event on Oct. 7 - Oct. 8, 2017, when it hosts Scotty’s Castle Days. 

The two-day event will be held at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Death Valley National Park. The event will feature Virtual Reality Tours of Scotty’s Castle, along with ranger programs and children’s activities.

Scotty’s Castle has been closed since a flash flood heavily damaged the area in October 2015. Cleanup and removal of mud and flood debris are complete. 

There are also plans underway to repair the damaged roads, utilities, and buildings.  The goal is to reopen Scotty’s Castle in 2020.

During the event Oct. 7- Oct. 8, there will be an opportunity for attendees to “visit” Scotty’s Castle through a Virtual Reality experience. 

“Shortly after the flood, Gold Creek Films developed a Virtual Reality tour of Scotty’s Castle with funding from the Death Valley Conservancy,” said Superintendent Mike Reynolds. “Visitors will have an opportunity to put on the goggles and travel through the Castle in simulated three-dimensions. I’ve taken the tour myself, and it’s an incredible experience!”

Rangers will be on hand to tell tales of Scotty’s Castle, describe the incredible flood event that closed the castle, and provide updates on repairs and restoration work. Ranger talks begin at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

The public will have an opportunity to provide comments on Environmental Assessments for the Bonnie Clare Road Reconstruction and the Scotty’s Castle Flood Rehabilitation plans.

A photo booth will be set up so that visitors can take a selfie with a Scotty’s Castle backdrop.

Again, all of the activities that weekend are free, open to the public, and do not require registration.


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