The Racetrack

The Racetrack, Death Valley National Park: Address, Phone Number, The Racetrack Reviews: 4.5/5

The Racetrack
4.5
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Unusual desert area where rocks move from place to place, but the actual movements have never been observed by humans.
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Elizabeth K
Gainesville, GA95 contributions
Also available: Dry Lakebed Road
Apr 2021
We saw the phenomenon close to Pantamint Springs at Dry Lakebed Road. The ground feels like leather--so cool.
Written 13 April 2021
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Sondra W
Manhattan Beach, CA632 contributions
Rocks that sail!
Mar 2021
You have to be kind of a nerd to appreciate what is here. The trip out is half the fun. I would recommend that you rent a jeep - even if you have a four wheel suv, as the road is quite long and bumpy. The Racetrack itself is a perfect oval of a dryout lake bed, complete with a grandstand for a picnic! The real magic though is in the rocks, as they have these long tails behind them which is evidence that they move...although no one sees them do this! Hike out about a mile or so to see the rocks with their long tails, and sit in awe of how it all happens!
Written 7 March 2021
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Dhruven Vora
San Jose, CA20 contributions
The iconic place of death valley
Oct 2020
Think of this: Rocks being moved by some unexplained force with no proof but just leaving the marks behind. Though the mystery is solved, the view itself is enough to create the "WOW"moment. A mile wide and couple of miles long stretch of near perfect plain (the height difference between north and south ends is merely 2 inches). This is a pure natural wonder in death valley.

The best attraction of Death Valley for me was supposed to be this place but unfortunately some rogue people has destroyed the sanity of this place. All the rock are moved and disturbed. All I could see were tire marks. :(

Note: If you are planning to visit this place, prepare for 30 miles of off-road driving. (Its fun experience)
Written 26 October 2020
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DRC
London, UK49 contributions
Zen-like calm
Aug 2020
For the last three years I have visited here in July/August at the hottest time. I come solo and drove in from the South via Saline Valley and up the infamous Lippincott Mine Road. Do NOT attempt this route under any circumstances unless you have a proper 4WD vehicle, off road tyres and have some experience off road driving. Read the reviews on Lippincott first. It takes far longer than the distance indicates given the very poor road conditions and need to drive carefully to protect yourself and your vehicle. I drove out via Teakettle junction and this was fine although it is a long drive to Furnace Creek.

The Racetrack is a wonderful place and one of my highlights of DV. Hauntingly beautiful and normally no one is there are it is deemed dangerous to go at this time of year. (I won't pass judgement on this). The sense of quiet, calm and Zen reminds me of a massive natural Kyoto-style Japanese rock garden. It is so beautiful and the photos do it justice. I have also climbed Ubehele peak that overlooks the Racetrack. This is a 60minute or so hike up and well worth doing if you are fit as it is hot (well above 100F when I did it). Carry a lot of water and be careful/understand heatstroke).

Too many people have walked on the playa earlier in the year when it is wet or driven on it. Please don't do this and spoil this unique place for others.
Written 21 August 2020
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Mary E
39 contributions
Hard driving - need your 4 wheel
Mar 2020
we couldn't drive out because it is a hard drive, with washboard gravel roads and it's quite a distance out. It looks really interesting but you should be prepared
Written 15 March 2020
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Steven P
Pueblo, CO3 765 contributions
Hunter Mountain Road is a much smoother way in!
Feb 2020
Every review mentions the poor road conditions getting to the playa. I know all those reviewers drove the Racetrack Valley Road south from Ubehebe Crater. This section of road starts with 8 miles of severe washboarding on an uphill grade, very rough on vehicle and passengers. BUT, there is a much better way into the area by coming from the southwest on the Hunter Mountain Road. The road is in much better condition and the drive much more beautiful than the common route. Hunter Mountain Road is easily traveled in a high clearance or 4x4 vehicle as I drove it mid-February in a stock Kia Sorento with no problem at all. I actually met an oncoming vehicle that had traveled the road in a small 2wd sedan! Going in this way also leaves you the option of exiting to the north to see the crater. Traveling this section downhill will be much easier than driving uphill.
Written 11 March 2020
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Charlene L
Yerington, NV704 contributions
27 miles of rough road, but I loved it!
Mar 2020 • Friends
The road in is rough and narrow. You need clearance, but we did see several rental cars on the road.

The far end was awesome. The ground was hard, but with cracks like scales. I took more photos of here by far. They only allow 10. I hope I picked the right 10 (in 2 days, we visited 5 of the 9 places to visit.) Enjoy the pictures if you don't have a high clearance vehicle with good tires.
Written 3 March 2020
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Mike
Newport Beach, CA1 028 contributions
you MUST have good tires
Jan 2020
Consider renting a jeep at Furnace Creek. Otherwise you'd better have a 4X4 with really good tires. Bring a teakettle to add to the collection at Teakettle Junction.
Written 10 January 2020
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Jim T
Kenai, AK823 contributions
Bucketlist item
Oct 2019 • Friends
I have always wanted to go to the racetrack in Death Valley and finally had the chance. A rough road to drive in but that keeps alit of people out which makes for a more enjoyable experience. Make sure you have a 4wd of at least high clearance.
Written 26 October 2019
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highlandertx
108 contributions
utterly uninteresting
Aug 2019 • Couples
if the racetrack had been right by a paved road, then it would be an okay visit. But driving 27 miles on gravel/washboard road at 20mph simply does not justify the journey unless you have an extreme desire to visit the dry lakebed.

sedans definitely should not try this. have a sturdy suv with good shocks to absorb all the bumps.

To put it simply, visiting the racetrack is the equivalent of jogging 100 miles to lose 1 pound of fat.
Written 28 August 2019
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