Rock Race

Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park

I had to post one more Racetrack Playa shot.  When I saw this I had to chuckle.  These rocks may have been racing each other for thousands of years and it’s still very close.  We mortals will never know who wins but it does look as if one participant dropped out.  There was no sign of it anywhere.

The Racetrack Playa

Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park

The Racetrack Playa in Death Valley is one of most interesting places I’ve ever seen. These rocks have moved over thousands of years and how they do it is a mystery. Some speculate that when it rains, which is not very often, the clay gets slippery and strong winds move the rocks which weigh up to a couple hundred pounds.   To get there is an adventure as well. Thirty miles on a single lane “road” of volcanic rock.

The Grandstand Playa

Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park

The Grandstand is located in the northwest corner of Racetrack Playa and is approximately 66 feet (20 meters) above the surface.  The playa is reached by driving on a single lane dirt and rocky road for 30 miles.  It is one of the roughest roads I’ve ever experienced.