August 23, 2022

A Boulder Endeavor

Amongst the sprawling Last Chance mountain range and the hiking trails of the Cottonwood in Death Valley is a dry lakebed known as the Racetrack. This stretch of desert domain grows no vegetarian yet folks often venture out to witness the ongoing races that have given the area its name. 

No need to start your engines. You can leave your four wheel drive and all-terrain vehicles parked in the driveway; the contestants here require no automotive assistance as they sail about the track. The vehicles? A motley crew of hundreds of stones and boulders (some as heavy as 320 kilograms or 700 pounds) that seemingly move about the flattened desert region all on their own, leaving a trail of dust and dirt behind them.

They are known as the sailing stones of death valley