Badwater
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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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  • Jordan P
    Dublin, Ohio6 contributions
    Beautiful at sunset, linger walk than it looks
    We visited for sunset and in winter. While temperatures are a beautiful 50-60F under the sun, the drop pretty dramatically when the sun sets. The walk was flat but uneven and longer than it looks. If you are unsteady on your feet, shoes with ankle support could be helpful. You should expect a 2 mile round trip to get to the flats and for parking to be scarce at sunset, but the views to be very worth it.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written December 26, 2022
  • Justin P
    Raleigh, North Carolina4,497 contributions
    Lowest Point in North America
    Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America at -282 feet below sea level and a must-see if visiting Death Valley. A mile long path leads from the parking area out to the salt flats where water washes minerals down from the mountains to the lowest point. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind salt formations in a variety of patterns and shapes. It's a surreal experience to walk around out there. Telescope Peak towers more than 12,000 feet above. We visited in winter and the weather was lovely, but I imagine the heat is oppressive in the summer.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 15, 2023
  • tripska
    16 contributions
    Lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level
    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 and patterns created by the salt formations, from smooth, glassy surfaces to intricate, crystalline structures. You should plan to visit the basin in the early morning or late evening to avoid the heat and enjoy a more comfortable experience.
    Visited November 2022
    Written February 28, 2023
  • Out This Door
    Mesa, Arizona236 contributions
    The right spot to experience the salt flats
    Badwater Basin is the place to walk on the salt flats. This is a rare treat at a national park that visitors are allowed to walk onto this natural feature. You can technically go out as far as you would like, I guess. You are at the salt flats right away from the parking lot (pit toilets and signage). If you go about 1 mile (easy, flat, level walk) you do get into the cool polygons and more crusty salt that looks like snow, especially on the rainy day we were there! Really cool. Though the walk is level and flat, it is a little bumpy, might be tricky for wheelchairs but I think it is technically ADA accessible. Worth the walk to the polygons, though most people don’t walk out that far.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 4, 2023
  • TFAtravel
    Chicago, Illinois411 contributions
    Hot But Worth the Visit - Well Worth It
    Stark landscape has a kind of beauty to it, and Badwater is the starkest of the stark. Definitely a go-to place in Death Valley NP. Its right of the road, with ample parking. You can walk as far as you wish on the hard pan - but i got a pretty good understanding in the 1st 50 yards. I don's see the need to walk further into the scorching desert.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa2,393 contributions
    Hot, dry, and below sea level
    We drove through Death Valley National Park on our way to Vegas from Mammoth Lakes, CA. It was very hot and dry. The hottest was 107 the day we visited. Badwater Badin is below sea level. There is a boardwalk to walk out on the salt flats. It was late afternoon and very hot. We did get out of our vehicle and walk around for a short time. Very interesting area.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 1, 2023
  • DLP
    New Jersey1,922 contributions
    Barren Beauty
    You are 282 feet below sea level, surrounded by salt flats. It is, hot, barren and stark, yet beautiful. You look out across the salt flats and you are surrounded by mountains. A sight to be seen!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Shana Bradley
    Rockford, Ohio19 contributions
    So much Salt
    This is an absolute much in Death Valley. The views from the salt basin is like something out of a movie. This is one of those places it’s hard to put into words and you have to see with your own eyes. The amount of salt is crazy. This is the lowest point in Death Valley at 287 feet below sea level.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
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Shana Bradley
Rockford, OH19 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is an absolute much in Death Valley. The views from the salt basin is like something out of a movie. This is one of those places it’s hard to put into words and you have to see with your own eyes. The amount of salt is crazy. This is the lowest point in Death Valley at 287 feet below sea level.
Written 25 November 2023
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D Lira
Gravois Mills, MO7 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
There are very limited spaces to park your car. Wondered why our tyres did not melt. Park rangers are in bad mood, wonder if heat has anything to do with it.
Written 28 July 2023
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DLP
New Jersey1,922 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
You are 282 feet below sea level, surrounded by salt flats. It is, hot, barren and stark, yet beautiful. You look out across the salt flats and you are surrounded by mountains. A sight to be seen!
Written 27 July 2023
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Jo P
Brough, UK435 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Thankfully we went in March when it was around 18 degrees so we walked around a mile to where the plains opened up.
There is limited parking so I can imagine it could get very busy but worth the visit as I've never been to a place like it
Written 16 July 2023
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA2,393 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
We drove through Death Valley National Park on our way to Vegas from Mammoth Lakes, CA. It was very hot and dry. The hottest was 107 the day we visited. Badwater Badin is below sea level. There is a boardwalk to walk out on the salt flats. It was late afternoon and very hot. We did get out of our vehicle and walk around for a short time. Very interesting area.
Written 1 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TFAtravel
Chicago, IL411 contributions
Jun 2023
Stark landscape has a kind of beauty to it, and Badwater is the starkest of the stark. Definitely a go-to place in Death Valley NP. Its right of the road, with ample parking. You can walk as far as you wish on the hard pan - but i got a pretty good understanding in the 1st 50 yards. I don's see the need to walk further into the scorching desert.
Written 25 June 2023
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Linred17
New York35 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
A must see in Death Valley. It’s about a mile to walk out to a more open area of the salt flats. Interesting formations - likely nothing you’ve seen before.
Written 7 April 2023
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Out This Door
Mesa, AZ236 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Badwater Basin is the place to walk on the salt flats. This is a rare treat at a national park that visitors are allowed to walk onto this natural feature. You can technically go out as far as you would like, I guess. You are at the salt flats right away from the parking lot (pit toilets and signage). If you go about 1 mile (easy, flat, level walk) you do get into the cool polygons and more crusty salt that looks like snow, especially on the rainy day we were there! Really cool. Though the walk is level and flat, it is a little bumpy, might be tricky for wheelchairs but I think it is technically ADA accessible. Worth the walk to the polygons, though most people don’t walk out that far.
Written 4 April 2023
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OnAir752339
8 contributions
Mar 2023
This is so vast and yet interesting to see. The Salt collects in such interesting patterns and it looks like snow.
Written 31 March 2023
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married96
Fernandina Beach, FL632 contributions
Mar 2023
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.
Written 18 March 2023
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