Inyo County, California

Take a Walk on Badwater Basin's Salt Flats

Originally added by Tiffany Nguyen

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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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.

Lowest of the Low

You can walk however far you want and there is ample parking space. My recommendation is to walk out further than the rest of the many people here. This way you can truly take in the expanse of salt flats and the elevation.

Such An Interesting Place!

You cannot go to Death Valley without checking out Badwater Basin! This place looks so unreal. But be sure to check this out in the early morning since temps are really high in this place.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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