Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park

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The lowest point in North America, 86 m (282 ft) below sea level, Badwater Basin 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 Basin 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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  • It was cool to be at such a low point. There is a big parking lot and some stairs to get on the Badwater basin. The salt flat was pretty neat. 
    It was cool to be at such a low point. There is a big parking lot and some stairs to get on the Badwater basin. The salt flat was pretty neat.  more »
  • My son and I visited Badwater on our visit to Death Valley. It is a small pond of salty water in the midst of the salt flats. The water comes up from the aquifer, but the salt flats make it salty as....  more
    My son and I visited Badwater on our visit to Death Valley. It is a small pond of salty water in the midst of the salt flats. The water comes up from the aquifer, but the salt flats make it salty as....  more »
  • A must do in Death Valley. I got there for sunrise so it was a bit cooler. I walked out about 5000 steps onto the salt flats which I thought was quite far out and it was but this place is just so... 
    A must do in Death Valley. I got there for sunrise so it was a bit cooler. I walked out about 5000 steps onto the salt flats which I thought was quite far out and it was but this place is just so...  more »
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  • Badwater Basin- the lowest point in the US- is one of the busiest spots, most popular places in Death Valley National Park. I wanted to get to the mountains across the salt flat but didn’t know how far it went.
  • It was 122° the day we visited! It was an experience to say the least. Make sure to wear a hat, drink lots of water and fill up your gas tank!!! There is nowhere to stop and no road rangers.
  • It's going to be a bit of a drive to get here. There will also be no cell phone reception for most of the way once you enter the park (Death Valley National Park). There were much more people than I had anticipated.. The signs say that dogs are not allowed, comma but that didn't stop a lot of people from being dirtbags. The bad water basin walk was about a 1/2 mile there and back from the parking area. You will walk on dried salt. Once you get out there you can see the vastness of the desert. The only services there were some toilets.
  • What a place. Nothing is here, but one can’t get enough of looking. Must see, must walk through. Be rady for the heat and the sun
  • Lowest point on the western hemisphere. It was pretty comfortable weather in mid-April. Noise doesnt travel far. Surreal!

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