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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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148 reviews 148 reviews
44 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Did the trip out to the Racecourse via Ubehebe crater (bitumen to here) and teakettle junction in Sept 2014. We did it in a high clearance 4WD jeep ( from farabee jeep rentals at Furnace Creek) and were glad we had as the 27 mike dirt road was badly washboarded and had a few washouts from recent rains. We even... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

http://www.independent.com/news/2014/aug/27/death-valley-mystery-solved/ awesome and weird experience to see the dragging marks of heavy rocks with no obvious sign of how they were made. The article explains what people have been researching for decades

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Just wanted to add our experience in case it helps others. We arrived from Lone Pine around 10am ~ish to the nearest road that showed on the map as leading up to the racetrack. The was the Saline Valley Alt Route from the 190 heading North. We’d never done this before, we had a pdf map of the area, gps... More

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Mandurah, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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