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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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Walking on the salt

No words to describe. Already the road to reach Badwater from Furnace Creek is fantastic. As soon as we parked we saw the label placed at the sea level far above our heads...it's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Nootdorp, The Netherlands
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Nootdorp, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

No words to describe. Already the road to reach Badwater from Furnace Creek is fantastic. As soon as we parked we saw the label placed at the sea level far above our heads...it's a very clear and practical way to remind us how far below the sea level are. Then we walked on the salt and it's amazing. The temperature... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We really just wanted to experience super heat...and managed 123F near here...such a desolate place. Definitely not required to hike at this place...although it seems that lots of people do make the trek out away from the car area. Very harsh...neat to see.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

282 feet below sea level. I don't know what the temperature was there but I've never felt so hot. It was 117 nearby at Furnace Creek - and Badwater was way hotter! The salty rought ground surface seemed to radiate. The best part was seeing a marker on the adjacent mountain showing exactly where Sea Level is. Gives great perspective.

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Egremont, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After paying $20, at the Furnace Kreek visitor centre to enter and explore Death Valley, turn left and head towards Badwater. Here at 282 feet below sea level are some small and very salty water pools, completely undrinkable, hence the name Badwater. Constant evaporation of the water has resulted in large sheets of salt to be formed, stay with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went here around 2010 simply to experience the heat. And I succeeded. It was around 122 degrees Fahrenheit at Furnace Creek, so I think it was close to 125 at Badwater. Exposed flesh feels like acid is being thrown on you, and the mildest breeze is a kind of torture. I only lasted about 15 minutes before I felt... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It has been greatly improved with proper parking and pavement since we were here 20 years ago. Lowest point in the US, and a strange place to find water in the fierce heat. You can walk a bit onto the salt plains if you can handle the heat. A Death Valley must-do.

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We traveled through Death Valley on our way from Yosemite to Bryce Canyon via Las Vegas as a nice diversion and something we figured we might never do otherwise. While Death Valley was very 'cool' and VERY hot, Badwater Basin was not much to look and not very interesting for any of our family. Much rather stop at the other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just an amazing view of saltlake, surreal to see a pond of water surviving the environment. As with everywhere else in Death Valley visit early to avoid the extreme temperatures.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked out at Badwater Basin onto the salt bed, luckily there were not many people around and at one point we were the only ones on the salt bed. Well worth a visit! We noticed that if you dig down (we didn't), the water is not far below the surface. This place is hot! The car recorded a temperature... More 

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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I cannot imagine going to Death Valley without including a visit to Badwater Basin. It is other worldly. We went first thing in the morning and it was still hot. We did walk all the way out to the salt as most just take a picture with the sign and leave. To really get the experience (although you will get... More 

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