Take a Walk on Badwater Basin's Salt Flats

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Elevation of 282 feet below sea level, making it the lowest point in North America. The large expanses of flatness allow for some unique photo opportunities. One of the largest protected salt flats in the world. Duration: 30 minutes - 1 hour.

Taking a walk on the salt flats at Badwater Basin is like no other experience in Death Valley National Park. These flats cover nearly 200 square miles across the park, which makes them one of the world’s largest protected salt flats. With an elevation of 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Basin is known to be the lowest point in North America.

Just a short walk from the parking lot, you’ll start off by walking on the mouth of the basin’s salt flats. After walking out for a ways the salt flats extend out in all directions allowing you to explore the unique and peculiar landscape. The salt flats create illusions with perspective that allows for some creative photography. As you walk past this area, you’ll see the crust of hexagonal salt shapes, which are unique in itself. The salt flats form due to the vast amount of salts being deposited in the enclosed basin that doesn’t allow for any drainage to the sea and the dry arid climate helps along this process.

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9 months ago

Seems close to the parking lot...

Looks can be deceiving. I grabbed my tripod, hopped out and started heading out to where I saw other photographers. After a half mile they still looked like ants haha. Bring some water. It’s worth every second of walking to this point.

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Absolutely beautiful. The little bit of water made everything very reflective. Went in December which was a great time because it wasn’t ridiculously hot like normal.

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over 4 years ago

Great In The Winter!

Was here on Christmas Day last year, and the temps were perfect! I definitely suggest going in the winter to avoid the heat. Such an other-worldly experience!

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over 4 years ago

The lowest (and possibly hotteset!) point in the US.

Very cool -- easy walk out to the flats. You have to get creative with the pictures and try to utilize the salt formations so it doesn't just look like regular sand or snow!

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almost 5 years ago

Hot hot hot

This place isn't lying when they say it's the hottest place in the US, don't let that discourage you though, it's worth pushing on through the heat to explore.

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