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Address: Badwater Rd., 19 mi south of Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, CA
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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 ground is baked salt crystals. If you walk off the main flat you can feel the rigid ground through your sneakers - it's quite surprising. Pretty cool to see the vast salt flat... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The ground is baked salt crystals. If you walk off the main flat you can feel the rigid ground through your sneakers - it's quite surprising. Pretty cool to see the vast salt flat with canyon walls above. It was a warm day, could imagine in the summer it would be amazingly hot. Drive is about 30min off the main... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unbelievable there's supposed to be animal living in this hostile area, yet they are. Great place for pictures, if you can stand summer heat and certainly a landmark you don't want to miss when you are in Death Valley - very popular place for tourists.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Badwater is the lowest point in Death Valley and in the United States at 282 feet below sea level. Death Valley is a downdropped graben between two mountain ranges and is also one of the driest and hottest places in the US. November was a good time to visit but there only a little water present at Badwater and it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must visit location if in Death Valley. The views out across the salt flats are amazing. Beware it is HOT.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly the quality of the silence here strikes you first - I've never 'heard' a silence like it - there is just nothing! The salt flats stretch out into the valley and you can walk out on them, looking closely, the salt forms into 'hair' instead of crystals, and it doesn't taste as salty as table salt. Undoubtedly worth a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Death Valley and Badwater Flats in the fall when the temps were in the mid to high 80s and the sky was a brilliant blue. I hiked out on the salt flats for 20 minutes, about a mile, and looked around. I was the only human in sight, standing at 282 feet below sea level. What an experience!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

do walk out and enjoy the views of the valley and the salt pans. And be careful and respect the environment.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lowest point under sea-level in the US. You can walk for miles on the badwater basin and take in the vastness of the Death Valley. Also, make sure to spot the "Sea Level" sign on the mountain opposite to the parking lot. This is a very busy spot and getting parking might be tough. also, make sure to check out... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came in the morning but probabely because of Thanksgiving week there were lots of people there. Though the sight is very interesting we found the same sights everywhere on the way to Sand Dunes. So to get a better real view and pics you can use our way.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another interesting place to explore. This is the place where you can see the ' sea level ' sign above the rocky mountain.

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