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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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 were there.
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
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. Racetrack itself is flat. I wish we were able to go to Death Valley when it was not so hot. My family and I all wished we were able to spend more time at the playa. It is secluded and beautiful. At that time, we were the only people at the playa making our experience unique and special.
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
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 their sharpness and shortness. Of course the Ranger Station at Furnace Creek will have the latest scoop. My wife and I made it up to about 3000 feet from Saline Valley, and the landslide was completely impassible and looked impossible for a lizard to climb.
On some maps and my GPS, it's called "Ubehebe Road". But the proper name is "Lippincott Mine Road", and the latest Google Search will back me up. I have gone down twice in years past, and the ride was both stunning and frightening. Going off would be likely fatal. Ah... the stupidity of my youth.
"Best Answer": Go there from the Craters, and GO NICE AND SLOW to protect your tires as the rocks are sharp. Don't be afraid to take all day for the whole trip.
P.S., Hiking the Racetrack Playa by yourself is a beautiful and great lesson in the word "solitude".
Best of luck.