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Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park

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The lowest point in North America, 86 m (282 ft) below sea level, Badwater Basin is a huge, desolate salt flat. Look up to see a sign marking sea level high above you on the side of a cliff. Bring plenty of water with you, and limit your time in the sun during midday. To visit Badwater Basin and get the most from your holiday in Death Valley National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Death Valley National Park trip planner.
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  • Howling winds that come in burst make it hard to walk or stand - almost blows you into the pool by the sands. Don't miss the 282-feet below sea level posting on the cliffs. 
    Howling winds that come in burst make it hard to walk or stand - almost blows you into the pool by the sands. Don't miss the 282-feet below sea level posting on the cliffs.  more »
  • Salt flats, which offer a surreal and otherworldly experience. The view is truly breathtaking, and visitors often feel as though they are walking on another planet. You can see a variety of textures.....  more
    Salt flats, which offer a surreal and otherworldly experience. The view is truly breathtaking, and visitors often feel as though they are walking on another planet. You can see a variety of textures.....  more »
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  • Wow! An interesting place, but you’d better like it hot, especially if you’re visiting in the summer months as I did. It was 119° and the wind blowing off the sand felt like I imagine a blast furnace would feel like. After driving from Las Vegas through Death Valley, I was glad to take a quick break and even row 2,000 meters on my rowing machine. One for the record books.
  • Very unique place to visit in Death Valley national park. It doesn’t look like much from the road or the parking lot but after a mileish hike out down the salt road the shapes really start to become visible. Very easy walk so make it out if you can. Go near sunset if you can for better contrast along the floor. Knocked one star off for dealing with the crowds and difficulty finding parking spots.

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