• Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park

      Photo by Peter Thody
      At 282 feet below sea level, this is famously the lowest point in North America, and takes its name from a spring of undrinkable water close to the parking area. A walk out onto the pure white salt flats is an experience not to be forgotten you get a real sense of scale just a few hundred yards out, particularly looking north along the valley.

      If you go:
      Remember to take water with you; this is one of the hottest places on earth with daytime highs in summer often in excess of 120 degrees F.


      Badwater Road
      16 miles south of Furnace Creek
      Furnace Creek,
      California 92328 USA

      Mailing address:
      Death Valley National Park
      P.O. Box 579
      Death Valley, CA 92328 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      +1 (760) 786-3200