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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: Deserts, Geologic Formations, National Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Mountain biking, Four-wheeling
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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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Chicago, Illinois
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The Racetrack requires a 20 mile drive on a pebble- strewn unpaved trail - a 4- wheel drive vehicle helps. Bear right at the colorful Teakettle Junction. There is ample parking. You then walk out on a flat, windswept natural amphitheater, and you can see the boulders and rocks and the trails they have left in the hard mud as... More

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Plainsboro, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

worth the drive...make sure you have a 4x4...we rented from farsbee jeep rental... its good as they give tracking gps in case you run into trouble they can come for your help... highly recommend taking that jeep ... Its 2.5-3 hour drive from furnace creek ranch... n nov weather is good..but you h ave to start early as it gets... More

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Dayton, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great 25 mile off-road drive to playa. Tea kettle junction was very amusing and worth a picture. Encountered Joshua tree "forest" about half way there with lots of cactus. The trails left by moving rocks were impressive. You see more of them at the southern end of the plaza.

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Utah
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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We debated about taking this road after the ranger’s warnings about sharp rocks but decided to give it a shot in our Subaru Outback with quality tires. We went from the Scotty’s Castle side. Most of the road was washboard but not too rocky. There were a couple of rocky and sandy patches where I was glad for our high... More

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Cashiers, North Carolina
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147 reviews 147 reviews
30 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I admit that I hadn't done the research on The Racetrack prior to setting out in an extra heavy duty vehicle on a photographic safari. As others have discussed, the trip is possibly the roughest ride you can imagine and weather conditions can be a factor, but we had a 100 degree September day with no cloud but lots of... More

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56 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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