Death Valley (part one)

This past week I spent 5 days hiking and trekking through Death Valley National Park. Despite temperatures that ranged from the low 90s during the day and the low 20s at night, I had a great time seeing a part of the country that I had yet to experience. My favorite part of the park was the Racetrack Playa, a dry lake bed covered with sailing stones.

When the lake bed receives rains that cover just enough of the playa’s clay surface to make it slick, strong winds upwards of 90 mph push the rocks across the desert floor, leaving trails behind them. Some of the heavier rocks with rough bottoms leave a very deep trail that makes the Racetrack a photographer’s playground.

A path behind a sailing stone on Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park

Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park at night.


A sailing stone on Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park.

Stars hang over Racetrack Playa in Death Valley

A rock slides across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley

Teakettle Junction in Death Valley National Park

Sailing rock on Racetrack Playa

Rock on Racetrack Playa

Sunset at Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park