The best camping near The Racetrack Playa

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Lake Olancha RV Park and Campground

24 sites · RVs, Tents100 acres · Olancha, CA
Welcome to our new resort with breathtaking views our 100 acre RV retreat and our nearly 1 mile shoreline of beautiful Olancha Lake with the majestic snowcapped Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west and Death Valley to the east make for an incredible retreat. We are located near Lone Pine in the township of Olancha in the Owens Valley of California.
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Aberdeen Resort

15 sites · RVs10 acres · Independence, CA
Learn more about this land:Relax at Aberdeen Resort! Enjoy Goodale Creek at camp and the amazing views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. We have 10 Overnight Sites with the rest of the park being long term. Explore the many OHV trails, hike from the Park or head up to the many trailheads in the area. Fish Goodale Creek or head across the 395 to the gorgeous Owens River. Unspoiled and wild, the Owens Valley is spectacular and serene.
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Death Valley Stargazing Camp

6 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Valley Wells, CA
PLEASE NOTE: You MUST approach the property from the south through the ghost town of Ballarat. If you try to approach from the north on Indian Ranch Road, you very well may come across some section of road that have been washed out. PLEASE APPROACH FROM THE SOUTH! The easiest way to get here is to navigate to Ballarat first, and then turn north on Indian Ranch Road. Google often thinks the road in between Ballarat and our location is closed, but we assure you it's not, and hasn't been for years. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO CELL SERVICE IN THE AREA. Pitch your tent or pull up your RV or camper van on Death Valley's front porch just outside of Surprise Canyon in Panamint Valley. Near the ghost town of Ballarat, Death Valley Stargazing Camp is one of only four private parcels in all of Panamint Valley -- and lies just west of the Death Valley National Park boundary. This pristine valley is untouched, and offers panoramic views of amazing sunsets, sunrises, and of course dark, dark skies! The property features 4 campsites with privacy amongst the 80 acres. All sites have several hundred feet in between them, and include a picnic bench, fire ring, and shared porta-potties across from the Green Alien Mailbox (800 - 1200 feet away depending on your campsite -- or as we call them, Starsites). And did we mention the views?? Whether you're visiting Death Valley, or just passing through the desert -- these campsites are serene, scenic, and include a stargazing wonderland! Site #1: Recessed from the road, this is the biggest site and has ample room for any type of vehicle, as well as lots of vehicles. Vehicles can pull through. Site #2: Closer to the road and also fairly big. Some vehicles can pull through but some will have to back out. Large trailers could be a problem. Site #3: Along side the road and the smallest of the three sites (although all sites are surrounded by nothing). All vehicles will have to back out of this site. Large trailers could be a problem. SIte #4: Across from the mailbox on the west side of the road. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR LARGE TRAILERS OR ANY HEAVY VEHICLES WHICH COULD GET STUCK IN THE SAND! Cars should proceed with caution and stay on the road as there are areas of loose sand near this site. Walk to it first to check conditions if you are unsure. Come join us in the middle of nowhere with dark skies and easy access to Death Valley, the Trona Pinnacles, Darwin Falls, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, and countless canyons with mining ruins and adventures!
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Cartago Springs

2 sites · RVs1 acre · Cartago, CA
Cartago Springs is right off of the 395 HWY, with beautiful panoramic views of the Sierra mountains with bright twinkling open skies at night. Just minutes from cotton wood creek and a short drive to the Alabama Hills and Mt. Whitney. Open land to park your trailer or RV. Star gaze and eat under the stars. Cartago wildlife area is a five minute walk down the road from the property. The Cartago Wildlife area is a protected wet land that homes many different birds and wild life, there are walking trails and a small pond to enjoy. The property sits near what was once the old Cartago dump. You can find beautiful colored glass, porcelains, neat items like silverware, car parts, old lighters, a pickers paradise. feel free to take any treasures you find home with you! If you like to ride, Olancha dunes is just down the road. Cactus Flats Road in Olancha will take you into the Coso Mountains where the trails are endless, the views are beautiful and the peace is surreal. Cartago Springs is a few miles north of the Mobile gas station, where they serve hot food a perfect convince for the traveler. Hope to see you soon!
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Bonnie Claire Gold Mill Ghost Town

100 sites · RVs, Tents90 acres · Beatty, NV
Learn more about this land: Has no campsites or rest rooms . Camp anywear u wish . If people start to go ill get restrooms and make fire pitts . Cub scounts had a great time. Please ask scouts and support saving Bonnie Claire gold mill. Amazing place. Star gazing capital of the world. Groups welcome. Very historical. See many things in death valley. Huge meteorite crater. Randys castle. Ghost Towns and mines. And more. Great place. Enjoy a private limo ride to and from Las Vegas to Death Valley. Bonnie Claire Gold Mill. In a 16 passenger super stretch limousine. You can camp out or just take the tour. We have two tours. 1. One just Bonnie Claire Gold Mill. Take a 2 .5 hour ride thru the most scenic Western Towns in Vegas. Very historical beautiful scenery all the way there. We stop off at Beatty Nevada to the world famous candy store that has the best choices for all kinds of candy.. Even the candy you miss as a kid. Refresh . Get a Subway, shop souvenirs or get a home made ice cream float. $299 per person.. inc. Food limo and to and from Bonnie claire. Then we continue to Bonnie Claire Gold Mill about 40 minutes from there. See Gold Mountain. Mines shafts and more. Is a magical experience. 2. Grand tour. Wear we drive from Bonnie Claire Gold mill to Tonopah Nevada and explore the huge self guided tour " the historical mining museum " Wear it all happen. 2 billion in silver was taken from these 3 mines. Is amazing . Google it. Price is $399 per person . Inc food , drinks and private limo to and from Las Vegas to Bonnie Claire. Much more fun then Grand Canyon. And if the hot mineral springs are open. Well stop there as well. Many have said the Bonnie Claire Gold Mill tour was the most beautiful thing they ever did. So give it a try. Limousine ride . Ice cold air. 2 tvs . Relax and see the West. Guns are invited.² to c
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Haiwee Flats

1 site · RV3 acres · Olancha, CA
Come and enjoy a beautiful relaxing weekend at Haiwee flats, 360 views of mountains, pull in site with easy access to the highway. Also a few miles nearby is the Haiwee Reservoir, shhhhhh ..please respect signs. Lots of exploring and hiking nearby. Sageflats is a nearby road that can bring you closer to the mountains. Get lost enjoy yourself.
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The best camping near The Racetrack Playa guide

Overview

About

Home to a "ghostly" national phenomenon, The Racetrack in Death Valley National Park had scientists stumped until recent years. The region gets its name from the tracks left behind by rocks that seemed to have moved in the night. With some tracks as long as 1,500 ft, the Racetrack is sure to amaze any traveler who makes this necessary stop while exploring the Death Valley region's many world-class camping opportunities. If you manage to catch the perfect conditions you can observe the rocks slide across this dry lakebed as the morning sun rises and melts the ice sheet that forms overnight. Modest winds can then push the rocks great distances resulting in a mind-bending illusion that looks as if the rocks have been "racing" around this beautiful vista.

When to go

The best time to visit the Racetrack Playa is during the cooler months from late fall to early spring. Summer temperatures can be extreme, making exploration less comfortable. Winter offers a chance to see the moving rocks' phenomenon, with the possibility of witnessing the rare event of stones gliding across the playa.

Know before you go

  • High-clearance, 4x4 vehicles with heavy-duty tires are recommended for the rough road to the Racetrack.
  • Prepare for no cell phone coverage; bring plenty of water and fuel.
  • Driving offroad is prohibited to protect the delicate desert environment.
  • Respect the area by not moving or removing the rocks.
  • Visit during daylight hours for safety and the best visibility of the moving rocks.

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