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The Racetrack

Death Valley National Park, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
760-786-2331
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Deserts, National Parks
Activities: Hiking, Mountain biking, Four-wheeling
Description: Unusual desert area where rocks move from place to place, but the actual movements have never been observed by humans.
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Mandurah, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

we went with Jay from Farabee Jeeps Amdahl a great day. A long held ambition to visit here and met with all expectations. Would recommends to every-one.

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Las Vegas, NV
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Some how the rocks that fall of a cliff at the west end of the playa move east across the mud after a storm. They leave trails in the mud. When we were there this time the trails were not well defined probably because they were old. The last time I was there they were very clear. You do need... More

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Ridgecrest, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

A beautifully long drive through wonderful landscape that ensures you travel slowly across the terrain. The Playa is a wonderful site to behold, until you see footprints where they shouldn't be. If you are one of the many who have walked where they shouldn't (oh, there are signs aplenty to adhere to) shame on you. If you've never been please... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We started to Racetrack at around 10. Follow the map closely. We drove to the road to racetrack which is around 29 miles. The speed is 20-25 mph. WE could go at 10 mph initially and then at 20. There is first stop which is grand stand. But there was no name board. Then after 2 miles we found another... More

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Vacaville, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Amazing. Mystifying. And very cool & windy!(you're at 4000+ ft elevation) We went early and had the whole place to ourselves. Please read and follow the park's rules. Avoid the 'campground' porta-potty at all cost - just commune with nature instead! ;)

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Katy, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I did the Racetrack on April 7, 2014 and the road was pretty bad. 4x4 is not really needed I saw a Ford Mustang and Chevy Cruze parked at the Grandstand so they were able to make it. Ground clearance is not really a concern the real issue is how much of the washboard road can your body and car... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Absolutely unique. This is why we went to Death Valley and it was well worth it. Note that it is 25 miles down a winding dirt road.

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Palo Alto, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
44 attraction reviews
340 helpful votes 340 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

GETTING THERE The Racetrack (properly called The Racetrack Playa) is in the northeastern part of Death Valley NP, between the Panamint mountain range (which forms the western edge of Death Valley itself, and the Last Chance Ridge which is a small set of mountains to the west of Death Valley in the northern section. You access it from Ubehebe Crater... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The road is rough so 4x4 is reccommended with good tires and a spare. It traverses a variety of scenes as you climb up into the upper valley. Six miles before the Racetrack is TeaKettle Junction. Come prepared with your own to add to the ecclectic collection. At the lakebed signs warn you to stay off the playa ifit is... More

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Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Sorry, but the Racetrack isn't what it used to be. Spring 2014 visitors ventured out onto the playa when it was wet and sticky, and left large foot prints all over - it'll be years before those footprints disappear. Some of the footprints are very close to some of the stones and totally distract from the scene/setting. And, there were... More

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