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“Death Race 2000 Its Not”
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.
Reviewed February 4, 2014

We arrived in late afternoon to shoot the sunset and found it to be a very interesting site. Shooting pix of the rocks and their trails was a challenge. Shooting to not show the footprints of the inconsiderate and destructive sods who walked in the mud when it was wet was even more of a challenge. For a wintertime sunset visit I'd recommend bringing along warm clothes because the temperature drops quickly due to the sunset, the altitude and the winds moving through the valley. As has been noted, the 27 mile unpaved road was rough and tough on the vehicles. We lost one tire due to the sharp rocks, so make sure you have the appropriate vehicle/tires. Your Prius just won't cut it on this road.

6  Thank DayTripDude
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

Well worth the long slow drive. Take the trail from Ubehebe crater -- you cannot miss it. The trail is 27 miles long to the racetrack and varies from extreme washboard to rocks to smooth sand, speeds are between 5 and 20 MPH -- don't rush take your time you don't want a puncture out here. The route is easy to follow the only turn off is at Teakettle junction (to the old mine) but you just go straight ahead, We drove a 4 x 4 but saw two RV's and one normal road car making the trip.
BE AWARE -- this is a long off road drive with no cell phone coverage so take water, food and good footwear in case you have to walk out. but don't be put off, drive sensibly and you will have no problems.
After 2 hours of driving you eventually reach the Racetrack, drive to the far end (another 2 miles) get out and walk across the lake bed you won't be disappointed it's everything (hopefully) you expect it to be
Oh -- Watch out for the Tarantulas -- big, Hairy and quite friendly

5  Thank PhilCottrell
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Liked: the wonders at the end of this trail. The dry lake bed, the reflection at the south end, the moving rocks... Well worth the long driving. Do not miss the turn at teaport junction where one can head towards an old gold mine, Road is tough and scary there, and one will need flash light to explore the mine. Very quiet place for lunch and picnics.

Disliked: Long gravel driving (1.5 hr) from Crater, there are large sharp rocks along this unpaved road (along the side and in the middle), so renting a high clearance jeep is recommended. We rented one for about 300/day. We saw two vehicles with flat tires, both were at the passenger side rear wheel.
Despite all that hassle, the time and cost, the trip is well worth it.

3  Thank Al Y
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

The drive from the Ubehebe crater to the racetrack was nice. We drove a Ford Escape and never faced any problem. I should mention it specifically that you don't need a 4X4 vehicle to drive this road (road is much better than Titus canyon road). The ~27 mile road is easy to drive and takes ~ 1.5 hrs. The road is scenic and as it gains elevation you will come across to lots of Joshua trees. Remember to take the right fork from the teakettle junction. Once you reach the Racetrack, drive further south from the grandstand for ~1 mile to reach the region with largest concentration of rocks with trails. We spent ~ 2 hrs in the racetrack, walking around and exploring the moving rocks.
A word of caution to all - please do not step onto the lakebed if its wet. When we visited the racetrack on end of December, about half of the lakebed was wet (including the grandstand area). We were extra careful so that we don't go near to any wet area and imprint our footprints. But, there were lots of irresponsible people around and I have seen footprints of all kind on the wet surface. Shame on them !!! People should be more careful. Also while walking around the racetrack, always be careful not to kick any of the stones. Many of the stones with distinct tracks are really small and if you are not paying attention you might step onto them or kick them. Best time to visit is around afternoon so that you can drive through the dirt road back to paved area before dusk.

6  Thank Arnab C
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

this place is incredible and baffling, rocks leaving clear tracks in the soil, some many yards long- yet no one has ever seen them move

1  Thank uckbuck
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