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Address: Death Valley National Park, Death Valley Junction, CA 92328
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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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An oddity, but also a pretty cool place to visit.

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Alan T

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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 the grans stand. The third stop is where you get off to walk on the... More 

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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 bubbles 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

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Flanders, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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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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 

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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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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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