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Old 06-08-2014, 05:00 PM
 
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MrsM and I are going to spend a week in Las Vegas in November. We have taken several Death Valley trips in the past but have never been to the Race Track. (Super high temps have prevented it in the past) If Nov weather is mild, we want to go.

Is the Race Trip a possible (Long) day trip from LV? If we go, it will the 1st morning of our vacation. We will still be on EST.


Let me know if you think this will work

Thanks
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:22 PM
 
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Many years ago I flew to Vegas with a friend and stayed for five days. One of those days we got up early and took the rental car to Death Valley. It is way too big to see the whole park thoroughly in a day, but if there was just a spot or two you wanted to explore and then do a little driving -- yep, totally do-able. I absolutely fell in love with the place that day. It was a loooong day and I didn't get to see nearly as much of the park as I wanted to, but it inspired me to take a Detroit-to-Death Valley road trip the next winter for some camping and exploration. Do it!
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Old 06-09-2014, 02:53 PM
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Sad to say that the Racetrack has been pretty much destroyed by vandals. See the pictures on the Death Valley Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

It's easily doable in one day from Vegas, but it would just kill me to see it defaced like this. I've been there several times in the past and it used to be a pristine, almost spiritual place. However, each subsequent time showed more and more damage from disrespectful people including tire tracks and stolen or moved rocks. It really sucks to walk for 30 minutes and get to a rock trail, but the rock is missing. Or vice versa.

If you do decide to do it, a high-clearance vehicle is recommended, preferably with two spare tires. LOTs of people have flats from hitting rocks on the long dirt road leading in, and sometimes even two flats can happen. Road service out there will cost you will north of $1K from what I understand. Sunset and sunrise are the two best times to be there because it brings out the colors of the playa. Otherwise it's fairly blah.

Here are a couple of my images from 2009. Not the best images of the Racetrack, but good luck getting anything close to this now.



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Old 06-09-2014, 03:22 PM
 
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MrsM and I are going to spend a week in Las Vegas in November. We have taken several Death Valley trips in the past but have never been to the Race Track. (Super high temps have prevented it in the past) If Nov weather is mild, we want to go.

Is the Race Trip a possible (Long) day trip from LV? If we go, it will the 1st morning of our vacation. We will still be on EST.

Let me know if you think this will work

Thanks
It's doable, but it would be a long day.

Las Vegas to Furnace Creek (the park HQ) is just over two hours travel time. It's then 35 miles by highway to Ubehebe Crater, and approximately another 25 miles to the Racetrack over gravel road. That gravel road is irregularly maintained. Sometimes, high-clearance will be useful due to loose gravel, rocks, etc., though with care a regular-clearance vehicle can usually negotiate the road (with some luck). It will probably take an hour, anyway. So count on a minimum round-trip that pushes eight hours, not including loiter time at the Racetrack itself - and it could be considerably longer, depending on the condition of Racetrack Valley Road.

The approach from the south via Lippencott Road is completely out of the question - it is very narrow, features sheer dropoffs and periodic washouts. And it's longer, anyway.
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:30 PM
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It's doable, but it would be a long day.

Las Vegas to Furnace Creek (the park HQ) is just over two hours travel time. It's then 35 miles by highway to Ubehebe Crater,
It's quicker to take 95N all the way to Beatty and then pick up 267 towards Scotty's Castle. Even that way is over nine hours roundtrip. Personally, I don't consider that a particularly long day but it probably is for some folks.
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Old 06-09-2014, 03:30 PM
 
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We have driven through and visited Scotty's Castle. We have never been off the beaten path though like those mentioned below. Need to be careful out there....................

Bones found in Death Valley might belong to German tourists | Germany | DW.DE | 15.11.2009

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Old 06-12-2014, 06:49 AM
 
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Sad to say that the Racetrack has been pretty much destroyed by vandals. See the pictures on the Death Valley Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

It's easily doable in one day from Vegas, but it would just kill me to see it defaced like this. I've been there several times in the past and it used to be a pristine, almost spiritual place. However, each subsequent time showed more and more damage from disrespectful people including tire tracks and stolen or moved rocks. It really sucks to walk for 30 minutes and get to a rock trail, but the rock is missing. Or vice versa.

If you do decide to do it, a high-clearance vehicle is recommended, preferably with two spare tires. LOTs of people have flats from hitting rocks on the long dirt road leading in, and sometimes even two flats can happen. Road service out there will cost you will north of $1K from what I understand. Sunset and sunrise are the two best times to be there because it brings out the colors of the playa. Otherwise it's fairly blah.

Here are a couple of my images from 2009. Not the best images of the Racetrack, but good luck getting anything close to this now.


Great images. But the vandalism is sickening
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:10 AM
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Here's a good article on the topic. Is Visiting the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley Worth It?
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:24 PM
 
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So sad. We will be going to Death Valley but not The Race Track. Thanks
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:53 AM
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Here's a cautionary tale of how not to get to the Racetrack. Stranded in Death Valley: Part I of III | davidsworld.org
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