Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park

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's the point of the lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet (86 m) below sea level. There is parking lot, after parking, you can walk the wooden board walk, there are some exhibition boards....  more »
  • We visited Badwater as part of a cycling trip through Death Valley. As the lowest point in the contiguous United States, it is as low as you can go in the CONUS. The walk across the salt flats is a....  more »
  • Good place to visit because it is so different! We enjoyed it! It was not exactly what we thought it would be, but we were glad we checked it out!  more »
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  • I can't even start to describe how hot it was on our visit... it was 108 deg F with not even a whisper of a breeze. You can walk out onto what looks like a salt bed , small holes have been dug that fill with water so there is moisture under the surface but must be Bad Water. Well worth a visit and mo hesitation in recommending.
  • Breathtakingly beautiful with an intensity of heat like no other place! The salt flats are an extremely fragile eco system so do look after it while you're there - stick to the walkways and don't throw litter.
  • Went at the end of April 2019 and it was warm but not bad. The view was awesome. I really like the sign on the mountain that shows below sea level. I enjoyed all of Death Valley and would definitely go back.
  • The lowest point in USA is awesome. I was down there the last month, so it was hot and a little bit crowded. There are restrooms and parking lots. I recommend to bring water.
  • So its the lowest place in north America but it's somewhat anticlimactic as there is nothing much else going on here. I think if you see this first instead of last you might be more impressed but after several days in the park this was one of those places you go to say you've been. Look up at the cliff face to see the sea level sign to get a sense of depth.

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