The Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park

Posted: December 1, 2011 in Photography
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It’s not just a destination, it’s a journey. Death Valley is a unique and desolate place. The range of landscapes and climates that are in the national park are widespread. One of my favorite places to visit in Death Valley National Park is the Racetrack Playa. Traveling 40 miles north of the nearest form of civilization in the park, you reach the end of the pavement where one is greeted with a sign that reads: “HIGH CLEARANCE 4X4 RECOMMENDED”. From there you make the 30 mile trek down a very rough dirt road, around a range of mountains, passed Tea Kettle Junction, to a completely different valley and climate. Welcome to Racetrack Playa, an ancient lake bed where rocks mysteriously move across the dried playa leaving a mark of their travels. For those who make the journey to what seems like the ends of the earth, can sit and listen to nothing but their own heart beat while they sit and visit with these “moving rocks”. It’s a very unique place. It’s an amazing place. I’ve been twice now and it won’t be my last. These rocks and the mark they make upon the earth makes for amazing photography. Enjoy.






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