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The Racetrack

Death Valley National Park, Death Valley Junction, CA 92328
+1 760-786-2331
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The Racetrack Playa ROCKS!

I had long wanted to go to the Racetrack, time to make it happen. Lots of homework, getting there... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lance g
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Antioch, California
Once in a lifetime experience

My husband and I rented a Farabee Jeep in April to make the trek out to Racetrack Playa, and we are... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
FriuliFan
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Austin, Texas
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“lake bed” (23 reviews)
“sharp rocks” (15 reviews)
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Death Valley National Park, Death Valley Junction, CA 92328
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had long wanted to go to the Racetrack, time to make it happen. Lots of homework, getting there, best road, where to stay, who was taking us out there. It doesn't matter which road you take, they're all high 4 X 4 (with 2...More

Thank lance g
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I rented a Farabee Jeep in April to make the trek out to Racetrack Playa, and we are so glad we did. It was a surreal experience and one that I will never forget. We left Furnace Creek at around 8:30am in...More

Thank FriuliFan
Reviewed 14 April 2017

About 26 miles off road, it's tough to reach this location. Even if you have your own 4x4 you will want to take it easy on the (very) rough graded road from Ubehebe Crater, but it's well worth the effort. The moving rocks are located...More

1  Thank Steve C
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The Racetrack is reminiscent of The Big Lebowski. Jarring at first, it's surreal and oddly fascinating. Those who love it can't explain why and those who don't have no interest in hearing an explanation. If you fall into the former category, you'll no doubt enjoy...More

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

Traveled 2 hours from Las Vegas to get to DV and then another 2 hours on the bumpiest rocky road non ice cream I've ever been on. On the way is a volcano crater and some teakettles... but the end goal is to see those...More

Thank beau s
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

We did our research and thought the racetrack would be great to see. We knew beforehand about the road conditions, so we rented a Jeep from Farabees (HIGHLY recommend). The racetrack road being called washboard is saying it lightly, the road is terrible! 10-15mph avg...More

2  Thank P S
Reviewed 16 February 2017

The movement of these rocks when the ground is wet or partially icy and the wind blows hard makes this area quite unique. A great photo spot and fun to explore.

Thank Alan T
Reviewed 12 January 2017

We rented a high clearance 4x4 jeep. It took us 3 hours from Furnace creek. The way there is bumpy and slow and pretty boring. But the reward of the sight is totally worth it. It's very windy. Your first stop after Teakettle Junction is...More

2  Thank PHuang71
Reviewed 30 November 2016

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

3  Thank Lysippos
Reviewed 22 November 2016

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...More

1  Thank Bob B
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Max L
Hi, I plan to visiot racetrack soon. I see ppl are saying vandalism in racetrack, especially seeing few rocks. I'm worry about getting them and not seeing moving rocks. Could somebody confirm ?
17 April 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
Hi there, did you have to hike to the racetrack where you see those large huge slided rocks? If yes, how long and strenuous was the hike? where did you rent your high clearance vehicle? How much was it? Thank you!
6 September 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
What route would be better to the racetrack playa. Saline valley rd or racetrack rd?
26 March 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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