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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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Long, rough drive, but worth it!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
Allison D
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Michigan
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

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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30 helpful votes 30 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
19 helpful votes 19 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The racetrack is the setting for one of the most unique natural phenomena in the world. If you are reading this review, you probably already know about it. Here is the short version: Once every several years the right conditions occur. They were only documented very recently: a strong rain followed by a freeze creates a sheet of ice a... More 

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Palmdale, California
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Make sure you are equipped for this trip. We saw several folks get flat tires, so be prepared with and air-compressor, a spare, and flat repair kits. Bring water and anything else you might need - this is a very remote part of the park. They have recently graded the road from Ubehebe to Teakettle junction. So the washboarding is... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is one of those places that you have to see to believe. Although you won't actually see the rocks move, you CAN see the path they have taken which makes for some really cool pictures. Figure about 2 hours to make the 26 mile journey in on a road which is major washboard from beginning to end. If you... More 

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Waddell, Arizona
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

If you go to Death Valley, you need to see the Racetrack. It IS a bit far and the road is washboard the entire way, but it is pretty darn neat once you get to your destination. The advice is to have a high clearance vehicle, and we did drive in a Jeep, but that washboard was crummy even for... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Last time we weren't able to visit the Racetrack with my Subaru Forester, so I was on a mission to modify the Forester with tougher tires, raised suspension, etc. But after pricing it all out, I decided to get a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon instead. I could have just paid the $300 a day to rent a Jeep, but that... More 

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