Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park

#2 of 52 in Things to do in Death Valley National Park
Must see · Water Body · Nature / 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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  • This was a great time. Getting to park in one of the most nerve racking thing because it's so out in the middle of no where and you basically get warning signs about being the last gas station and...  more »
  • Death Valley National Park is amazing. I visited on 06/3/21 and it was 124 degrees. While it was hot it was one of the best places I've visited. All the stops are quite a distance from each other so.....  more »
  • 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.
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