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Address: Badwater Rd., 19 mi south of Furnace Creek, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
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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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stark landscape makes for great photos

This is the lowest elevation site in the park, and usually the hottest, but it's worth a visit. To get a good shot of the salt pan, you need to walk a fair distance (over a mile... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the lowest elevation site in the park, and usually the hottest, but it's worth a visit. To get a good shot of the salt pan, you need to walk a fair distance (over a mile) to get away fro the week-worn track, but the results can be impressive. Early morning here is good, to minimize the heat, but... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very impressive view! the salt flats look matching with the snow on the top of the mountain range on the background. If you take a closer look, the salt looks frosty. Awesome. There is a sign of Sea Level on the cliff behind the parking area. Wow, we were really soooo much down below! Wear wide hat and wide sunnies,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As the sign says, Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America. It is 282 ft below sea level. Look at the mountain in the picture and you can see the sign "sea level" in blue. The area's name "Badwater" came from a traveler whose mule refused to drink the water because it was too salty. The basin covers... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked out a bit. It was a bit windy and once you get out there a ways the wind was carrying sand and such so it stung a little bit. It's a cool thing to say you walked out to the lowest point on North America.

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Thank Kelley J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The title says it all. This place is incredible To be at the lowest point In the USA is a very cool feeling, We visited in March and so the heat wasn't too bad but I can see that in the peak of summer it would be very uncomfortable. Certainly a very cool place to go and visiti

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Drive along the eastern edge of Death Valley for 20-30 miles to this lowest point in the US. Have your pic taken by the sign that says its so, then venture out on the packed salt...just to say you did.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

You can hike from the parking lot along compacted salt flats that are soft, like uneven linoleum. You can head out onto the dry lake and take in the entirety of the valley. Yes, it was hot, 103 degrees. But it felt good. It was how it is supposed to be. Bring water, even though the hike isn't long. No... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good facilities, lots of parking, good explanation placards, and I love the "Sea Level" sign way up on the cliff above Badwater. If you walk out far enough it's really cool (as in really interesting, rather than the opposite of hot). You need to go probably a mile out before the noise of your fellow tourists fades, but it's worth... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You have to visit this place or you cant really say you have been to Death Valley. 17 miles south of Furnace Creek. Paved Parking area with restrooms. From the parking area you can walk out onto the salt pan as far as you want. Most people will walk at least to the sign saying that tell you the elevation... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You have to drive well out the way to get there and then walk a couple of miles out onto the flat to have any idea what the salt formations look like. It is so trampled upon that it's a major project to get out there and see the geometric shapes.

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