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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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Unusual desert area where rocks move from place to place, but the...

Unusual desert area where rocks move from place to place, but the actual movements have never been observed by humans.

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The rocks are on the move

Well this is our winter home.. We have seend those rocks on the move , but people please leave the rocks for future visitors to see. Now that the scientists have solved the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well this is our winter home.. We have seend those rocks on the move , but people please leave the rocks for future visitors to see. Now that the scientists have solved the reason as why they move, leave them for all to see. Interestingly we notices is that there is a ditch around the playa.. Sty out and don't... More 

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Ridgecrest, CA
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49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A place of mystery for years, and definitely a cool place to visit. Most are aware of what's going on there, but to get there is a challenge. It doesn't require 4 wheel drive, but the road is extremely rough, and unless you don't care about destroying your vehicle, I suggest allowing 3 hours to drive the 35 miles. The... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Death Valley has a beauty that would last for every season and every moment in time. Look for it. We invested so much just to come back again to Death Valley. Just to visit the Race Tracks because the last time we came here, we didn't have the right vehicle. Unfortunately this time, the place was flooded. But if you... More 

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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

The whole park is amazing and no fees like other Nat parks. Must for nature/geology buffs! Impossibly hot in summer

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I've been going to Death Valley for years, and this place was a real treat. The dry lake bed is 2 miles wide and only varies a few inches in elevation, making it really flat. The famous moving rocks concentrate on the south end of the valley. They were a wonderful sight. There's other things to see in the valley... More 

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

First - highly recommend a 4x4 with a full tank and PLENTY of water (we went in the summer). It's a long drive past the crater (28 miles) on a BAD road. The warnings are accurate. No facilities or Rangers and have a plan communicated to someone in case of breakdown. Get info from a ranger a day ahead on... More 

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Boulder City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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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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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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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67 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 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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