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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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Stunning but a LONG drive

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Boston
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83 reviews 83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
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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99 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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Burtonsville, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I mean what can you say. An ancient lake bed where rocks seem to move by themselves over time. It's really a nice drive through a Joshua Tree forest and then the lakebed. We were there on a picture perfect day. Worth the trip!

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USA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
16 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Buy an old teakettle at a thrift store before you go, and some nail polish. Don't ask, just do it. You will figure it out on your way.

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San Diego, California
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332 reviews 332 reviews
187 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

It's a long slow road to Racetrack Playa so make sure you really want to see this before heading out. We rented a Jeep which really made it more enjoyable. The road was freshly graded but rough up to Teakettle Junction, after that point it was some intense washboard action. Come properly equipped! We saw one private SUV that had... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The phenomenon is amazing, but sadly much of the area has been vandalized by tourists who take the rocks home. Not many rocks left. The only reason these rocks are special is because of where they are located. When you get home they are just rocks. This is not worth the 4 hour ride on an extremely rough jeep road.

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Michigan
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77 reviews 77 reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

The road to the racetrack is long and bumpy, and not for just any vehicle. Be prepared for 27 miles of rough, narrow road and unreliable cell service. The drive is worth it however, as the playa is beautiful and amazing to see with your own eyes. It is fascinating to find these rocks and think of the natural phenomenon... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I wanted to get to the racetrack once I learned about it, but also heard stories of people getting stranded. Not for any rental car. Rent a 4wd jeep. The road is not all washboard but can change quickly. We camped 3 miles south of the racetrack. An old Porto potty was the only service. The sliding rocks were amazing.... More 

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Aptos, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The playa was under water and Unehebe Peak was getting a snowfall, so both of my goals were not attained- however I was really glad I went, fantastic drive especially with six inches of snow on the ground. The last six miles after Teakettle Junction are extremely wash boarded which makes it very uncomfortable. It is a long way off... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

An extraordinary Zen experience conducive to reflection, humility and silence. The perception of time is marked by the geological clock in millions of years and space is defined by the flatness of the sedimentary plane and the vaulting curvature of the sky.

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