Badwater, Death Valley National Park

The lowest point in North America, 86 m (282 ft) below sea level, Badwater is a huge, desolate salt flat. Look up to see a sign marking sea level high above you on the side of a cliff. Bring plenty of water with you, and limit your time in the sun during midday. To visit Badwater and get the most from your holiday in Death Valley National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Death Valley National Park trip planner .
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  • Well worth taking the drive here so you could take a picture with that iconic sign. It was interesting to see the little bit of water still out there.  more »
  • In addition to the Devil's Golf Course is the Badwater Basin definitely worth to visit. On arrival you immediately see the enormous salt flats. Very special to there. You also still runs along a piece of standing water, which is special because you would think that the extreme heat (50 + degrees) would evaporate. With a clear blue sky, the white salt flats and the mountains in the background you can unique photos shoot. Wear minimal clothing, we loved it no longer than 15 minutes outside the car, and we are 4 young healthy boys of 21. Take plenty of water!!!
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  • The real reason we traveled to Death Valley: to reach the lowest place in North America. Good boardwalk to lead you onto the basin. Be sure to look up at the high rocks along the road to see the sign ...  more »
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  • Really enjoyed our site to the site. Love the sea level sign on the mountain and recommend stopping by if you can.
  • Fascinating and beautiful! Mirages at work! Park and walk out onto the basin and experience the beauty! December is an awesome time to visit!
  • This is one of the best spots. Though crowded, it has ample parking and a small toilet.
  • Very pretty! We went in January, do the weather was actually nice and comfortable.
  • Badwater Basin is an absolutely gorgeous spot. It's situated between two mountain ranges, with two mountain ranges actually in front of the westernmost mountain range. This gives badwater Basin in Death Valley a rain shadow through for different mountain ranges, which is one of the main contributors for why it is so dry here. Badwater Basin itself is a Salt Flat, and one of the lower depressions out in there is actually the lowest spot elevation wise in North America. If you've never been here, you need to visit.
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