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Address: Death Valley National Park, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Phone Number: 760-786-2331
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Activities: Hiking, Mountain biking, Four-wheeling
Description: Unusual desert area where rocks move from place to place, but the actual...
Unusual desert area where rocks move from place to place, but the actual movements have never been observed by humans.
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Must see if you are in Death Valley for more then a day

Strange place in Death Valley where the rocks mysteriously move across the desert floor. They recently discovered the movement is caused by ice crystals that form under the rocks... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Boulder City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Strange place in Death Valley where the rocks mysteriously move across the desert floor. They recently discovered the movement is caused by ice crystals that form under the rocks at night and when the wind blows the rocks slide across the desert floor. It's a bit of a drive to get to but worth the trip and photo ops/

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WSM, United Kingdom.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I know the signs say "4*4 advised" but I was in an rental car and they are indestructible, right? Wrong! Well worth the drive though. Fascinating place and I love the theories around how the rocks move. Science/nature/aliens - so many ideas.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Drive was a beating over very washboard road. Recommend not taking your own vehicle and opt for a rental jeep. The Playa is so amazing though it is worth the bump and bang to get there. It is just so curious to see how the rocks have moved across the plays.

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Province of Cagliari, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Moving rocks are amazing. The road to the Racetrack is unpaved but manageable also by regular cars. Anyway, if you want to check your limits on a dangerous road, rent a Wrangles and take Lippincott Mine Road (http://www.dangerousroads.org/north-america/usa/998-lippincott-mine-road-usa.html).

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Chatsworth, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is an awesome trip worth visiting when you have a bit of time during a visit of Death Valley. It is a little out of the way but totally worth it. First you are going to visit the crater and then you go on the dirt road to The Racetrack. You don't need a 4 wheel drive to do... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I have always wanted to see the moving rocks and I made the trip in April 2015. Very bumpy road but the Racetrack is an amazing place and if you go to Death Valley you should make the trip -- you will not be disappointed.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Was a little nervous after reading reviews but we took a Kia Sportage and did not have any problems. Only issues were when someone was driving in opposite direction. Some drivers were wise and polite as road is really not wide enough for 2 cars, some drivers are not wise. It took us a little over an hour from Ubehebe... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Part of the allure of the playa is the effort you have to put into getting there. And once you catch the first glimpse of the Grandstand, you know you're in for a treat. You can reach there by a high clearance vehicle, even a sedan with a little bit of luck (though the tires need to be in good... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is simply an amazing place. Wild, lonely, beautiful. Highly suggest hiking the old mine trail up toward Ubehebe Peak - you need go only half way to encounter *stunning* views of the Saline Valley. But we warned, it's an hour's drive from Ubehebe Crater, and road conditions change. After grading, you can drive it easily in a sedan, but... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Interesting to see an ancient lake bed where the rocks seem to move by themselves over time. Oh take a teakettle with you and nail polish with you...you will see why out there....you may want to rent a jeep.

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Address: Death Valley National Park, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Phone Number: 760-786-2331
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Death Valley National Park  >  Death Valley Junction

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