Grave of Death Valley Scotty and his Dog

Field review by the editors.

Death Valley, California

Walter Scott was a prospector-swindler who spent years milking investors with tales of a nonexistent Death Valley gold mine. He was also the colorful and charming "Death Valley Scotty," veteran of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. One of his backers, a Chicago millionaire, owned an elaborate Death Valley vacation home, and told Scotty he could live there. The home became known as "Scotty's Castle," even though Scotty was nothing more than a guest who never left. When he died in 1954 he was buried on a hilltop grave behind the Castle, next to the grave of his dog Windy. Scotty's bronze tombstone features his likeness; visitors rub his nose for luck.

Grave of Death Valley Scotty and his Dog

Scotty's Castle

Address:
123 Scotty's Castle Rd, Death Valley, CA
Directions:
On the north side of Scotty's Castle Rd either three miles east of the Grapevine Ranger Station in Death Valley National Park, or three miles west of the California-Nevada state line. Follow the path on the left (west) side of Scotty's Castle to the hilltop graves. Note: the nearest gas station is 45 miles away.
Admission:
Park entry fee.
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