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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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  • Racetrack Playa is majestic. Words cannot do justice to the desolate beauty of the place. The road going to the Playa is very rough. It is about 25 miles from Uhebehe Crater, all of which are on a rou...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »