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Address: Badwater Rd., 19 mi south of Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, CA
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Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: Located in Death Valley, this small salt pond is more than 280 feet below...
Located in Death Valley, this small salt pond is more than 280 feet below sea level, making it the lowest point in North America.
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The salt flats themselves are nothing special but the surrounding panorama is impressive because of the immensity of the valley. But to appreciate this I believe you have to be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The salt flats themselves are nothing special but the surrounding panorama is impressive because of the immensity of the valley. But to appreciate this I believe you have to be here at the crack of dawn before everyone shows up. As the sun rises, the light slowly grows on the surrounding mountains and valley while you remain in shadow.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Badwater is unfortunately not on the way to any other sightseeing place in the park, it is kind of out in the middle of no where, so if you go, you are really only going out that far for this one place. There is a good parking area and lookout of the salt flats. If you'd like, you can actually... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Once you turn left at Furnace Creek and start your descending to Badwater Basin it almost immediately starting to feel strange. Lower, lower and lower. Will the car manage the heat? What happens if we break down out here? The car shows us 108 degrees outside. This is crazy. When we arrived there were only a few other cars on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

It takes time to appreciate nature. Even more to understand the dessert. There is a beauty of economy and motion here that is beyond our watery comprehension - unless we really take a moment and try.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We drove to the Badwater Basin. It was definitely a must see on our trip of Death Valley. It is amazing the different places to see in the valley.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Again I suggest you pack an ice chest. I prefer to visit in the winter. Look up the mountain near the parking area and see how far below sea level you are. Also you may want to bring an extra pair of shoes so you can take a hike on the salt flats.

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San Carlos, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Not an exciting place but a must stop seeing as it is the lowest point. Being some 200 ft. plus under sea level is not something you do every day. Max. 1 hour, probably less. When there turn around and see the sea level marked on the rocks. Very cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Getting out of your air conditioned vehicle, Badwater feels like a super hot bath, just no water. The wind only added to the enormous heat. The signage was informative and the experience slightly surreal with the heat and huge skies. Don't expect a funfair or a marching band - you go here for the experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

A boardwalk and information signage give a good overview of the Valley floor and a photo opportunity with below sea level posed shots. When we were visiting in February it was warm but not hot in the sun and a friendly ranger stopped to chat for 20 minutes about his best experiences in the park and what we should do.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

One of those things you do since you are in the park but nothing really exciting about it other than to say you were at the lowest point in US. We did not walk all the way out as it was 110 that day in Furnace Creek when we started our drive. I would recommend the drive to Dante's View... More 

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Address: Badwater Rd., 19 mi south of Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Death Valley National Park

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