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Racetrack Valley OHV Road

MODERATE 12 reviews
#31 of 79 trails in

Racetrack Valley OHV Road is a 28.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Death Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking and off road driving and is best used from November until April.

Distance: 28.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,627 feet Route Type: Point to Point

mountain biking

ohv / off road driving

cave

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

washed out

no shade

no dogs

*High-Clearance Vehicle Recommended* Racetrack Valley Road is a long, remote gravel road that travels from Ubehebe Crater to the Racetrack Playa through a part of Death Valley that few get to see. You will drive through mountain passes, a Joshua Tree forest, and sweeping desert valleys. There are several side trails and 4x4 paths that branch off from this route. The Playa itself and it's "moving rocks" is one of the most unique places in the park. The gravel road is only moderately maintained and prone to wash-outs and sharp rocks. A 2WD SUV or truck (high-clearance, strong tires) can usually navigate the road if conditions are good, but anything less is not recommended. The road is remote and lightly traveled, so be sure to follow good back-country safety practices. Expect to use half a day to reach the Playa and drive back. Do not continue past the Playa without 4WD, as the road becomes very rocky and technical as it crosses the mountains.

off road driving
no shade
3 months ago

Awesome view of Death Valley from a rarely seen point of view. This road is doable with non-4WD. DO NOT ATTEMPT LIPPINCOTT PASS from it though unless you have a fully capable 4WD high clearance vehicle. I would not recommend anything bigger than Toyota 4Runner. Some parts of Lippincott Pass are too narrow. The campground at the end of the road is very good, remote and quiet with only a port-a-potty.

off road driving
10 months ago

Racetrack Valley Road is a long, remote gravel road that travels from Ubehebe Crater to the Racetrack Playa through a part of Death Valley that few get to see. You will drive through mountain passes, a Joshua Tree forest, and sweeping desert valleys.

off road driving
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Off-road clearance recommended and not really fo cars. note that the trail is often washboarded and that can really slow you down. There are a couple of good trails you can explore further (and an alternative out) but those are for experienced off-road drivers only.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

You can tell who's driving the rentals because they're flying down the road. It took awhile in my Tacoma and if you try this in a car(and we saw cars) be careful. But it's worth the trip.

off road driving
Monday, December 26, 2016

My Jeep Compass got shock oil leaked at the end of the road but managed to get back with careful driving. I've seen Mustang on the road as well. The south end of the lakebed has more interesting rocks. Amazing landscape.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Tough drive, well worth it with the right vehicle, very unique feature if you can make it there

off road driving
Saturday, April 02, 2016

Beautiful once you get to the racetrack. Roads are freshly grated so the drive is slow going

off road driving
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I started the drive out to the Racetrack around 4am to catch the sunrise, with little off-roading experiencing and in a rental mid-size SUV it was intimidating in the dark. But coming back during the day, while other cars were just beginning the drive out, was a thrill. The scenery is interesting with the grove of Joshua trees and desert plants.

off road driving
Monday, June 22, 2015

Amazing. Worth the long drive, especially since the surrounding scenery includes beautiful mountains and hills covered with Joshua trees. There was one other vehicle the day we went out; we had the lake bed to ourselves for quite a while.

off road driving
8 months ago

Saturday, December 24, 2016

off road driving
Sunday, March 27, 2016

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