The Sailing Stones of Death Valley

Sailing stone – Death Valley

Authoritative online articles would have you believe that sailing stones can only be found in one of just a handful of places in the world – Little Bonnie Claire Playa in Nevada, Manchego laguna at Altillo Chica in Spain, and – most famously – at Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, California. However, I know for a fact that this premise is false, because I found more sailing stones in Death Valley – and they were many miles away from those at the Racetrack Playa. I’ve also read of them being found many decades ago in the Alaska tundra, and there are even fossil records of them in Connecticut from at least 200 million years ago – so I suspect that they’re far more common than people realize.

As for my scientific find – which has probably been “discovered” by many others as well – I’ll just say that this sailing stone is within the boundaries of Death Valley National Park and leave it at that. It hasn’t been disturbed, no idiots have vandalized it or driven their cars across the track that it has made, and I’d like to leave it that way.


Photo info:
Sailing stone
Exact position not recorded
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley, California
October 2016
Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film
Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera

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