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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  • Rented a Jeep from Farabee. Cost an arm and a leg but it’s totally worth it for the peace of mind. You need almost the whole day if you decide to go. The racetrack is truly unique as you won’t find so...  more »
  • We as a family enjoy visiting national parks so we decided to do a two night stay at Death Valley. We were looking at various options to stay at death valley. There are three main hotels to stay withi...  more »
  • The road was bumpy and the drive was long. Quite a few reviews said it wasn’t worthy. But we looked forward to seeing that sailing rocks and their tracks which were almost one-of-a-kind in this planet...  more »
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  • I think the race track is a great place to spend some time at because the stones move on their own.
  • Very nice~~^^

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