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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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Heck of a drive, but worth it

I have always wanted to see the moving rocks and I made the trip in April 2015. Very bumpy road but the Racetrack is an amazing place and if you go to Death Valley you should make... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Fargo, North Dakota
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Fargo, North Dakota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I have always wanted to see the moving rocks and I made the trip in April 2015. Very bumpy road but the Racetrack is an amazing place and if you go to Death Valley you should make the trip -- you will not be disappointed.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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79 reviews 79 reviews
45 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Was a little nervous after reading reviews but we took a Kia Sportage and did not have any problems. Only issues were when someone was driving in opposite direction. Some drivers were wise and polite as road is really not wide enough for 2 cars, some drivers are not wise. It took us a little over an hour from Ubehebe... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Part of the allure of the playa is the effort you have to put into getting there. And once you catch the first glimpse of the Grandstand, you know you're in for a treat. You can reach there by a high clearance vehicle, even a sedan with a little bit of luck (though the tires need to be in good... More 

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Boston
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86 helpful votes 86 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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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
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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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76 reviews 76 reviews
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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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202 helpful votes 202 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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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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