Badwater Springs at sunrise


Badwater Basin

North America's lowest point

While exploring Death Valley Naitonal Park, this white-encrusted salt pond is 86 metres below sea level and worth a trip just to see the oddity of never ending salt flats. Temporary lakes may form after heavy rainfall but average rainfall is just 2 inches per year so they don't last long. Being the hottest, driest and lowest point in North America, with temperatures rising over 50°C you probably won't be able to stay long, but the elevation sign is a popular photo stop letting you know how far below sea level you are and a fun place for .

Essential Information

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