Scotty’s Castle, one of the most popular landmarks in Death Valley National Park, will be closed for at least a year because of an Oct. 18 flash flood that sent a raging river of water and mud through the park.
Hardest hit was Grapevine Canyon, the home of Scotty’s Castle at the northern end of the 5,270-square-mile park, which is only slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut.
The Oct. 18 storm dumped 2.7 inches of rain, more than the region typically gets in a year.
Scotty’s Castle, an ornate mansion built as a vacation getaway in the 1930s, suffered serious damage. So did the two-lane, paved highway leading to the attraction. Ten miles of roadway was destroyed.
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