Mud Canyon and Racetrack Roads opened in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Death Valley National Park recently reopened Mud Canyon Road and Racetrack Road. Both roads were closed since August 2022 due to flash flood damage.

Mud Canyon Road is a paved road that links the park to Beatty, Nevada. A contractor rebuilt destroyed sections of the road, under a project administered by Federal Highway Administration.

Racetrack Road is an unpaved road from Ubehebe Crater to Racetrack Playa, the infamous location where rocks occasionally slide around, leaving tracks in the dry lakebed. Flooding had erased sections of the road. National Park Service maintenance workers graded the road and reestablished the route. Racetrack Road is only suitable for high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles with sturdy tires, due to sharp rocks.

For current information on park roads, visit

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NPS photo. Flooding on August 5, 2022 destroyed large sections of Mud Canyon Road.

Death Valley National Park is the homeland of the Timbisha Shoshone and preserves natural resources, cultural resources, exceptional wilderness, scenery, and learning experiences within the nation’s largest conserved desert landscape and some of the most extreme climate and topographic conditions on the planet. Learn more at  

(From Death Valley National Park)

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