National park tips: Death Valley’s castle is closed, but the inn will soon be open longer
First, about Scotty’s. The castle was hit in late 2015 by the most severe flooding since it was built in the 1920s. The National Park Service has closed it for extensive repairs and says it won’t reopen until sometime in 2019.
Meanwhile, park concessionaire Xanterra is about to start a $50-million upgrade that will spruce up the 224-room Ranch at Furnace Creek Resort and transform the 66-room Inn at Furnace Creek from a seasonal operation into a year-round one.
The work begins in April at the ranch, which will remain open and already operates year-round.
Work begins in May at the inn, which is to close May 14 and reopen Oct. 21. A Xanterra spokesman said the upgrades at the inn probably will include the addition of casita units, with details coming later.
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