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The Racetrack

Address: Death Valley National Park, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Phone Number: 760-786-2331
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Deserts, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Mountain biking, Four-wheeling
Owner description: Unusual desert area where rocks move from place to place, but the actual movements have never been...
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Type: Deserts, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Mountain biking, Four-wheeling
Owner 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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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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112 reviews 112 reviews
42 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

From Ubehebe Crater, a very rough road takes 1.5 hours to reach the Racetrack, an amazing salt lakebed (1000 feet deep sludge beneath) where rocks tumbling from nearby mountain are driven by occasional ice sheets & strong winds across the lake. You see their "tracks", even reversing course. It's too bad the Park Service can't keep a ranger on site,... More 

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Pomona, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This was one of my favorite stops on our trip to Death Valley. It is a bumpy road out. We had a truck so had no worries, though they warn that the rough rocks can cause flat tires. The playa was dry and that was Important because you can't walk on it when its wet. You leave footprints for decades.... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I did this in December and it was quite an experience. I thought a lot about doing this in the regluar rental sedan, but finally going by the reviews, I thought it best to play safe and rented a 4x4 from Farabee's Jeep rentals at Furnace Creek even though it was a bit pricey. So my mind was at ease... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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212 reviews 212 reviews
73 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Definitely need a 'proper' 4x4 with 'proper' off road tyres and ground clearance, rather than a 'fashion' 4x4 - the road can get washed out in places (we blew a tyre and changing to the space saver on sand was interesting...). The moving rocks are at the far end, so don't turn around disappointed at the first car park area.... More 

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Benicia, California
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Finally, the dream of a geologist, to see the incredible Racetrack. My parents used to bring us to Death Valley, and we loved it. I knew about the Racetrack but never had the right vehicle to get there. So on this visit we rented a Jeep from Farabee's Jeep Rentals at Furnace Creek, and off we went with the excellent... More 

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cresskill, NJ
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19 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Don't try with your rental vehicle. Reserve a 4x4 ahead of time. There is a rental place right next to the visitor center, Farabee. It's expensive but you should have it. Being that said, you don't need to rent a SUV to come to the park. It's one day trip. Don't try the racetrack and Titus canyon in one day.... More 

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Fullerton, California
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186 attraction reviews
201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Well, we have been to DV many times as we live in SoCal. We had tried before, but was ill equipped...this time we took our Jeep on an off-roading adventure! We took the back way in, about 2 hours via rough terrain and then took the "easy" way out to Scotty's Castle. It is truly a natural wonder to see... More 

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Definitely a must see. The ground freezes at times and the wind moves rocks (some very large) along the surface creating trails behind them. This creates the effect of a race. Drive to the far end, opposite from the Grand Stand, which hardly has any rocks now. You really need a vehicle with high ground clearance and good tires, but... More 

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Montecito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Wonderful area to explore and take the rough short road up to Lost Burro Mine too - either walk in from the road or be ready for some 4x4 thrills getting there from the Tea Kettle Junction turn-off.

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Henderson, Nevada, United States
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This was really cool to see. Especially after an hour of rocky road driving... the road out there is ridiculous. But the moving rocks are amazing. They are at the farthest end of the Playa. We spent lots of time searching for them near the first sign & parking area which turned out to be a waste of time. ***Highly... More 

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