A Unique Arizona Attraction: Mystery Castle in Phoenix

It was a lazy weekday afternoon in Arizona and I needed something to do. A simple Google search of unique attractions in Arizona brought me to my next adventure, a visit to Mystery Castle.

Mystery Castle is One of Phoenix, Arizona’s Top Attractions

Mystery Castle in Phoenix, Arizona is nestled way back in the foothills of South Mountain, passed the hundreds of strip malls, “questionable” section of town and a rocky road fit for 4-wheel drive.

At first glance of this “castle”, I was hit with a strong sense of  WTF? Ooh , I feel bad even insinuating that swear word. Dirty girl. But, it was true.

The weird Mystery Castle in Phoenix

I was greeted by a young tour guide who took my 5 bucks for the admission. Taking an inventory, I was the youngest and only solo individual in the crowd of eight. That is okay, I have done a lot of things alone, even going to the movies alone once and I am absolutely no stranger to eating out alone, sometimes I even prefer it.

Considering it was a weekday, I was surprised by the amount of folks wanting to unfold this mystery of Mystery Castle.

This pseudo castle was built in the 30s by Boyce Luther Gulley who built it for his daughter who was distraught over her beach sand castles getting washed away by the waves. Gulley wanted to create something with a bit more permanence. He used reclaimed automobile parts, adobe and clinker bricks. The home features 18 rooms, 13 fireplaces and took 15 years to complete. Unfortunately, both Gulley and his daughter have passed, but the legends still live on.

Have you been to Mystery Castle? Is a visit to the castle on your Bucket List?

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4 thoughts on “A Unique Arizona Attraction: Mystery Castle in Phoenix”

  1. Recently took the tour. The guide, a young man, had little experience. Repeated information. Needed to read the posted signs to give us some info. (We could read the signs for our selves) Didn’t know the answers to questions asked. Repeated info he had previously given. Partly, heard the other guide giving some info to her tour group. A very polished presentation. The young man needs more training before guiding a tour. Didn’t feel we got got benefit of the tour.


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