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The Racetrack

Racetrack Valley Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
+1 760-786-3200
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Quiet, beautiful, peaceful, breathtaking

The racetrack is so interesting in so many ways. It is very difficult to get out to- my boyfriend... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
adriannaaahhh
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Rochester, New York
Lovely desolation

Yes, the ride is really long. And really bumpy. But you will find yourself all alone in this... read more

Reviewed April 8, 2018
fotoamazonas
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North Carolina
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Unusual desert area where rocks move from place to place, but the actual movements have never been observed by humans.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sharp rocks” (16 reviews)
“south end” (14 reviews)
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Racetrack Valley Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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"teakettle junction"
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"sharp rocks"
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"south end"
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"ubehebe crater"
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"high clearance"
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"flat tire"
in 12 reviews
"spare tire"
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"own vehicle"
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"off road"
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"joshua trees"
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"jeep rental"
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"dry lake bed"
in 8 reviews
"furnace creek"
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"heavy duty"
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"wind blows"
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"rocky dirt road"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The racetrack is so interesting in so many ways. It is very difficult to get out to- my boyfriend and i rented a Rubicon jeep for ~$250 for the day (yeah, it's expensive) but we didn't want to pop our tires on our rental car,...More

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Reviewed April 8, 2018

Yes, the ride is really long. And really bumpy. But you will find yourself all alone in this marvelous desert. Look carefully for the racetracks. They aren't as obvious as you might expect! Oh - and bring plenty of water...and a Jeep with off-road tires.

1  Thank fotoamazonas
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

The drive down the road should only be attempted with high clearance 4 wheel drive, as every bit of Park information will state. It is very rough and driving on it fast is irresponsible and dangerous. Give yourself a good part of the day to...More

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Reviewed March 14, 2018

We really enjoyed this drive simply because of the remoteness (about 60 miles outside of Furnace Creek, 25miles of which are traveled at 10-20mph max on a incredibly rough bulldozed rock road). It's about 3 - 3.5 hours each way from Furnace Creek so go...More

2  Thank LMyer
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Reviewed March 11, 2018

It will take a large portion of the day to see the Racetrack and once there it doesn't take very long to visit the site. We probably should have hiked Ubehebe Peak while there. We came to the racetrack from camping overnight in Warm Springs...More

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Reviewed March 10, 2018

I had to do this, just because it's something you have to do when visiting Death Valley, like hiking Half Dome in Yosemite at least once. While I found it very interesting, I would not do it again. I would, however, do some of the...More

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

We rented a Jeep at Farabees in Furance Creek and drove to the Racetrack Playa. It was July and VERY hot in Furnace creek. The Ractrack is at a much higher elevation and so was cooler. Still, you need to be careful. Travel over the...More

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

Just returned from a long journey to the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley. My trip started at 0600 AM from Vegas. I got to the Ubehebe crater to start the off-road adventure at 1030 AM. Then it was a 2.5 hour long slow drive over...More

1  Thank ToxicTabasco
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Reviewed January 24, 2018

I heard about the sailing stones of Racetrack many years ago and always thought it would be awesome to see them in person, but I didn't really think it would happen. My husband and I have been to Death Valley twice before, but never made...More

5  Thank VaAlleyCat
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Reviewed January 6, 2018 via mobile

Rented a Jeep from Farabee. Cost an arm and a leg but it’s totally worth it for the peace of mind. You need almost the whole day if you decide to go. The racetrack is truly unique as you won’t find something like it anywhere...More

2  Thank Melanie S
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Max L
April 17, 2017|
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Response from PHuang71 | Reviewed this property |
The dried lake bed is quite big. If you are willing to walk a bit, you will for sure see trails left by moving rocks. We were happy with the amount of rocks we saw. Took some pretty cool pictures. It was quite windy when we... More
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prachee99
September 5, 2016|
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Response from Knobbers | Reviewed this property |
The hardest part of the Racetrack was the drive. (The second hardest part of Racetrack was the heat.) The drive was challenging. We rented a ford Explorer in Vegas and purchased food/snacks and water outside of Death Valley... More
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Saul V
March 26, 2015|
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Response from Martin C |
The road up from Saline Valley is probably the worst road in DVNP, which is saying a lot, because it has been closed from "major" landslides, and is plagued with these over many years off and on. The Switchbacks are epic in... More
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