The Ubehebe Lead Mine is located just west of the Racetrack Playa Road off of the Bonnie Claire Road. Discovered in 1906, the mine is located on the west side of the Racetrack valley just south of Teakettle junction. The site was started as a copper mine and during to coarse of its operation would produce lead, copper, gold and zinc.
This is a one way road from Death Valley’s Racetrack Playa to Saline Valley. It is a steep trail which is not for the novice or the feint of heart. Greeting you at the trail head is a sign which reads:
“Lippincott Pass, 4×4 High Clearance, No Tow Service, Caution”
Experienced drivers using 4×4 high clearance vehicles only. What traveler in their right mind could resist a challenge like this? Provided you are equipped to do so.
Racetrack valley is a rough graded road which departs the Ubehebe Crater site and heads south into the desert. The road is rough, but easily passable in a regular car. However, when entering back country areas such as this it is always a good idea to have the insurance of a reliable vehicle, high clearance, four wheel drive, etc… Do yourself a huge favor and air down your tires if you are properly equipped to air up when the trip is over.