The Racetrack

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  • Address: Racetrack Valley Rd., Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, CA 92328, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Geological Formation, National Park, Desert

If you take the Grapevine Junction near Scotty’s Castle into Racetrack Road, you’ll be able to reach one of Death Valley’s more intriguing features – the Racetrack Playa. This is basically just a scenic dry lake, which, after short bursts of rain transforms into what’s called a short-lived endorheic lake. The water evaporates quickly, leaving a highly slippery and muddy surface behind and that’s what causes the one feature that everyone comes to see – the sailing stones.

Ranging from a few grams to hundreds of kilograms, these rocks have captured public fascination for their seemingly supernatural ability to travel hundreds of metres without any human or animal intervention, leaving long racetracks behind them. Though various reasons have been postulated for this phenomenon, no one has actually seen these rocks move for themselves.

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  • The Racetrack Address: Racetrack Valley Rd., Death Valley National Park, Death Valley, CA 92328, United States
  • The Racetrack Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit The Racetrack(preferred time): 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The Racetrack: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 13.56% of people who visit Death Valley National Park include The Racetrack in their plan

  • 35.71% of people start their The Racetrack visit around 5 PM - 6 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see The Racetrack

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Racetrack

People normally club together Darwin Falls and Stovepipe Wells Village while planning their visit to The Racetrack.

People also prefer to end their day with The Racetrack.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

The Racetrack Reviews & Ratings

  • Head to the south end for the best rock tracks.

  • It’s a long washboard dirt road, but worth checking out the Playa if you want to see a remote part of Death Valley.

  • Allstar group of people that work there, fast service. Everything you need under one roof.

  • The road going in is horrible,takes 3 hrs of trashing your vehicle one way.

  • Small stones. 2 hours of road to this place and 2 hours come back to crater

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