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Area: Death Valley National Park   

State: California    Elevation: 3,714 ft

Lat: 36.6846596*   Long: -117.5584026*

*Lat and long disclaimer

What's Near The Racetrack?
(miles) 10 20 30 40 50

Getting There

See park map. A high-clearance vehicle is needed to traverse the 27 miles of rough dirt road, but ask at a ranger station for current road conditions. The road to the racetrack can be a very long stretch of bad washboard! Quality tires in good condition are recommended.

The Racetrack

    Mysterious moving rocks at The Racetrack - Photo by DirtyDog

Spot Comments:


  • The drive to this spot is a long stretch of really awful washboard so be prepared. However, this really is one of the best spots in Death Valley and everyone should try to experience it at least once.

  • Posted by DirtyDog on Dec-04-2009

  • Nice camping along this road near all the joshua trees, maybe halfway to racetrack.  We had a great time especially if you set up late in the day.  You will miss all the day traffic in cars and have the place to yourself, at least we did in late Nov. 2009

  • Posted by agate on Dec-19-2009

  • The Racetrack is a classic geological conundrum :)  How can such massive rocks glide across the desert floor?!   :)

  • Posted by Tiffany on Feb-09-2010

  • One of my favorite DV locations. A not to be missed location without a doubt.

  • Posted by SunMan on Feb-17-2010

  • This is a must see spot in Death Valley. There is a dry camp (Homestake) just to the south of the Playa which allows you to wander and explore in the early morning and evening special times.

  • Posted by ski3pin on Feb-18-2010

  • One of my all time favorite spots in DV. Just hate the road getting their.  :blink:

  • Posted by marc on Feb-18-2010

  • The Race Track is one of the oddest places in the world.  Walk out on the playa to the Grand Stand to the east, hike the 3 mile trail to the top of Ubehebe Peak to the west, and dry camp at Homestake at end of the road to the south.  

    The Lippincott Rd, which leads down from Homestake to Saline Valley to the west, is not recommended for the unpracticed four-wheeler or faint of heart.

  • Posted by Doug Stewart on Mar-16-2010

  • The Racetrack is beautiful. I had seen it in photographs and though the photographs are usually retouched and beautiful, nothing could do this eerie and majestic playa justice other than seeing it in person. It seemed that almost everywhere we went in the park we arrived and/or ended up there alone. The Racetrack was no exception.

    To sit alone, in silence, on the playa by a rock that has been sliding for who knows how long has got to be one of the most intense feelings. It is instant serenity. (Uhm...especially after just having come up Lippincott pass).

    I hope you all have the chance to experience this beauty.

  • Posted by JamieRecycles on Apr-20-2010



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