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“Peaceful and beautiful”
Review of The Racetrack

The Racetrack
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Owner description: Unusual desert area where rocks move from place to place, but the actual movements have never been observed by humans.
Collingwood, Canada
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Peaceful and beautiful”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

This was our second time to Death Valley and our first time to the Racetrack. We we in DV for 9 days and had rented a highly recommended Farabee jeep BUT if you are driving directly to the Racetrack from one of the paved roads you really REALLY do not need a jeep to get there. We stayed at Panamint Springs and through Hunter Mountain, past Tea Kettle Junction and then to the Race Track, it was an incredible drive.
At the Racetrack you could easily see the marks in the dirt where the rocks had moved along, we did not see any moving rocks.

Visited March 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Rough road, long drive, but worth it”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

The playa and the rocks are spectacular. The rangers warned us against making the drive out. It did take the estimated 2.5 hours each way, and rangers recommended having off-road tires (vs our standard issue Jeep Wrangler tires). I guess we got lucky. It is a special area and visitors are reminded not to move the rocks, walk on the playa when it is wet, etc. There was evidence of vehicles having driven onto the lake bed, which was unfortunate.

Visited November 2012
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Glenville, NY
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“It could be the Racetrack, it could be another planet”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

The remote Racetrack, in the difficult to access northwest portion of Death Valley National Park offers isolation, stark beauty, and the mysterious sliding stones. This place should be every outdoor adventurist's bucket list. It truly is otherworldly.

Visited August 2012
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Costa Mesa, California
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159 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“One of the hidden gem must see places in the world!”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

We made the trip in a rented Jeep Compass 2 wheel drive. I went really slow on the road and it took us about 2 hours to get there. You could drive faster but that's when you start to risk a flat tire. Once you get to the playa expect to spend several hours exploring the area amazed at the tracks that the stones leave. Make sure you leave no trace of your visit and respect the area, curse anyone who messes with this gem of a place. We camped at the remote site a few miles away from the Playa. Since many believe that the rocks move by wind expect it. We had wind up to 50 mph the night we camped. Our tent wasn't prepared and we ended up sleeping in the Jeep. Would've loved to have spent a few days out there to hike around. Epic!

Visited October 2012
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San Leandro, California
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103 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Strolling stones on the playa”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Very remote and beautiful area of the park. You will need a high clearance vehicle to get here. Don't drive on the playa, don't walk on it when it is wet and don't steal the moving stones!!! This is a national park people, respect it and protect it for everyone!

Visited October 2012
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