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The Racetrack, Death Valley Junction

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The Racetrack Playa, or The Racetrack, is a scenic dry lake feature with "sailing stones" that inscribe linear "racetrack" imprints. It is located above the northwestern side of Death Valley, in Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, California, U.S..GeographyThe Racetrack Playa is 3608 feet above sea level, and 2.8mi long by 1.3mi wide . The playa is exceptionally flat and level with the northern end being only 1.5 inches higher than the southern. This occurrence is due to major influx of fine-grained sediment that accumulates at the north end. The highest point surrounding the Racetrack is the 5,678 feet high Ubehebe Peak, rising 1970 feet above the lakebed 0.85 mile to the west.The playa is in the small Racetrack Valley endorheic basin between the Cottonwood Mountains on the east and Nelson Range to the west. During periods of heavy rain, water washes down from the Racetrack mountain area draining into the playa, forming a shallow, short-lived endorheic lake. Under the hot desert sun, the thin veneer of water quickly evaporates leaving behind a surface layer of soft slick mud. As the mud dries, it shrinks and cracks into a mosaic pattern of interlocking polygons.
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  • 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 fi...  more »
  • unfortunately, people stole the rocks and then the summer of 2016, someone did wheelies and basically destroyed most of the area per local rangers 
  • You can see a variety of natural death Valley. 1st visit to racetrack closed and it rained, so cannot go, I went again the challenge. With the four-wheel drive in Las Vegas and went to night in death Valley National Park. But the winter temperature falls desert Death Valley itself, so I can't make (and even hot). Go to high-altitude point of view and in the cold in a few hours the temperature difference of the altitude, and driving yourself, feel that you can. Parkin unpaved road runs more than an hour, so it's not 4 wheel drive is impossible. It is better because you don't spend money America is hurting, car rental, rent a four-wheel drive and run freely. Adventure! thinking about when the cars pass each other going into the path of the racetrack, are most likely not, the car stopped, go always loading food and water. Also in death Valley National Park is recommended to watch but filled, so one night in the Park. Point of view is accessible by road from nearby, so too much walking. Inspiring sunsets and starlit sky, Sunrise is unique in Japan, can feel the immensity of nature and the Sun, gradually changing the color of the surface of the times. Star night light is not around, so is very beautiful. See the beautiful starry sky in the long dark is the best luxury. Than nature can be larger, and feel the Earth. To Las Vegas over the city and nature and I think so will be able to experience both.
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