Vehicle Tracks Found on Racetrack Playa in Death Valley

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Unfortunately someone drove on the Racetrack Playa a few weeks ago. The vehicle drove up and down several times, leaving miles of tracks. Driving and bicycling off road are not permitted in Death Valley National Park.

Vehicle tracks on the north end of Racetrack Playa. The Grandstand is the rock formation visible in the background. NPS Photo
The playa was dry when it was driven on. The vehicle broke the crust, exposing powdery loose silt below. Then the frequent strong winds out there can blow that away, leaving a slight depression in the playa. NPS Photo This photo shows recent tracks crossing older tracks. Tracks can stay for years, affecting visitors' enjoyment. NPS Photo
The pink line is a GPS record of the vehicle tracks done recently on the Racetrack. The vehicle drove up and back several times. If you've been out there, you know most of the moving rocks are in the southeast part of the playa. Fortunately, this vehicle didn't drive there. NPS Photo
The pink line is a GPS record of the vehicle tracks done recently on the Racetrack. The vehicle drove up and back several times. If you’ve been out there, you know most of the moving rocks are in the southeast part of the playa. Fortunately, this vehicle didn’t drive there. NPS Photo
This is what tracks on Racetrack Playa are supposed to look like! NPS Photo
This is what tracks on Racetrack Playa are supposed to look like! NPS Photo

Read more about the Racetrack here.

Source: NPS

1 COMMENT

  1. NPS must make sure nobody does it again. It is impossible to prevent idiots from doing stupid things, they ignore signs, regulations and have no common sense or respect for others. There must be some kind of barrier such as trench or fence. Sure it would cost money but will save Racetrack for all of us who want to see it as it was for thousands of years.

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