1,000-Year Storm, Flash Flooding in Death Valley Prompt Closure of Scotty’s Castle

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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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A park ranger stands on a road damaged in an Oct. 18, 2015, storm in Death Valley. (Credit: Death Valley National Park)

A park ranger stands on a road damaged in an Oct. 18, 2015, storm in Death Valley. (Credit: Death Valley National Park)

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