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Unusual desert area where rocks move from place to place, but the actual movements have never been observed by humans.
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Racetrack Valley Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We rented a Jeep from Farabee’s Jeep Rentals at Furnace Creek and, armed with water, maps, and a Spot GPS tracker, we hit the road to the Racetrack Playa. We were instructed to go 15 mph on the road, but due to the washboard rough...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lynn W
Reviewed December 28, 2018

Easily the highlight of my week in Death Valley. Thoughts: -The ride is arduous - At least 2 hours each way from Furnace Creek. Rough gravel road. Very Rough. - Rent the Jeep - No cell signal in this wilderness area. NONE. Jeeps have a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Don3rdSE
Reviewed December 22, 2018

This is a long, jolting backcountry trip to one of the world's unique places. You'll drive through a Joshua Tree "forest" and will inspect the famous Teakettle Junction with its perennially changing collection of teapots, coffee pots, pans, and junk. Once at the Racetrack proper,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Norm G
Reviewed December 13, 2018

It took a little time to drive up, but the drive is well worth it! Realistically a SUV or truck is needed, we seen a car drive up but I am sure it was damaged to some degree. Pack lots of water, plenty of vehicles...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wanderer0213
Reviewed November 7, 2018

The drive and the shear isolation of the area add to the magic before you even get to the stones. The drive out is rough and rocky, i would recommend renting a vehicle if you don't have offload / HD tires (the vista centre recommends...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mountainthoughts
Reviewed October 3, 2018

A very rough road forces you to go slowly. There are several blind curves on this two-way road that could be disasterous if faced with another vehicle travelling at even 25 miles per hour. Several road sections were washed out from recent flash floods. Very...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Karl B
Reviewed September 19, 2018

President Teddy Roosevelt said that every American should see the Grand Canyon before they die. I would argue that Death Valley National Park, and specifically the Racetrack, should be added to that list. The long, four-wheel, rough gravel road journey to the Racetrack is an...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Kevin C
Reviewed June 4, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank adriannaaahhh
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.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank fotoamazonas
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

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank jlava88
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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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