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Address: Death Valley National Park, Death Valley Junction, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Phone Number: +1 760-786-2331

Unusual desert area where rocks move from place to place, but the actual...

Unusual desert area where rocks move from place to place, but the actual movements have never been observed by humans.

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Just do it! (But in a proper vehicle)

Vandals have hit the area, but there is still plenty to enjoy here. Rocks and tracks are best found at the far end of the playa and it is an easy half mile walk. Everyone wants... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Gloria K
Bowling Green, Kentucky

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San Francisco, California
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

unfortunately, people stole the rocks and then the summer of 2016, someone did wheelies and basically destroyed most of the area per local rangers

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

To get there you have to to drive to Ubehebe crater for more than an hour and then turn to dirty road and drive 27 miles on dirty off road and back. So 4x wheel drive vehicle a must - we decided it's too much just to see the tracks and didn't go.

Thank IraBBB
Flanders, New Jersey
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192 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was 50 miles of rough, no, very rough, road and a long trip. When we arrived to the dry lake bed we only saw two small rocks that only had about a two foot trail in the dried mud. Probably, the Teapot Junction sing was more interesting than this. But, this spot is in constant change so you may... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Vandals have hit the area, but there is still plenty to enjoy here. Rocks and tracks are best found at the far end of the playa and it is an easy half mile walk. Everyone wants to know about the road...do you really need a 4 wheel drive or high clearance vehicle. Here's the thing...it's not that you won't be... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

The Racetrack is a "must see" if you go to Death Valley. This was on the top of my list to see, and I was not disappointed. We hired a guide to take us as the roads are "questionable" getting out there. The trip took most of a day.

Thank Julia W
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

The Racetrack is a Death Valley anomaly. We were facinated by the rock tracks and following them across the playa is an interesting actiity. In the winter this can be a VERY cold place as the winds blow through. This fall the park service documented tracks from a car on the flats. PLEASE respect our parks and keep the cars... More 

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Oxford, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

During our planning for Death Valley, we knew we had to visit. We read all about how some idiots turfed the playa and it was beyond evident during our visit. We rented a Jeep from Farabee's and had a BLAST driving in and out. We stayed well into the night to photograph the sky after dark. The wind was heavy... More 

Thank Jim C
Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

It's a hell of a drive to get there! Two hours in and another two hours back out on a very rocky washboard road BUT worth it. Amazing how those stones can move and leave those tracks. If your vehicle is up to it, it's a great side trip.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

If you want to go to Racetrack playa I highly recommend renting a jeep at Farabee's. I've already tried to go there with a regular car and I had to turn back after 5 horrible miles. The employees there offer a great service and they give us a lot of useful directions. You also get a GPS security system so... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Such a long gravel road drive and far less reward in my opinion. Didn't see that many rocks like I'd seen on documentary tv's. I'll skip this one on my next visit. It was way too much time required to get there. Plus very long walk to the rock, if any. But still sad to read a news about someone... More 

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