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Badwater Basin

PO Box 579, California 92328 USA

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“200 sq. mile salt flat”

The salt flats in Badwater Basin cover nearly 200 square miles, among the largest protected salt flats in the world. Salt flats are too harsh for most plants and animals to survive, yet are quite fragile. Delicate crystals are easily crushed and the relatively thin upper crust of salt can break through to the mud layer below, leaving tire tracks and even footprints. For this reason, vehicles are prohibited off established roads in Death Valley.

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Joel Schat

  • Photographer
  • 237 Reviews
  • 527 Helpful
July 01, 2014
Rated 5.0

Below sea level.. ya it gets SUPER hot in the summer! To find the awesome photo of salt like the cover ^^ go just past the bad water basin and walk out for 20-30 minutes and you will find untouched fantastic salt crusts depending on the time of year!

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January 15, 2020
Rated 5.0

Y'all...BRING THE WATER! Awesome sight to see. It's a straight walk out, maybe 20 minutes one way, but make sure if you're going in the summer to bring a ton of water. We went when it was 113 degrees! But the sight at the end was very much worth it.

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Hannah Long

  • 14 Reviews
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March 06, 2019
Rated 5.0

Below sea level and INCREDIBLE for photography. Highly recommend.

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December 30, 2015
Rated 5.0

We went here in December and the weather was perfect. This is a photo spot at the lowest spot in North America and most folks walk out a few hundred yards to the larger salt pan. Really cool spot.

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February 19, 2015
Rated 4.0

Lowest point in North America and visually stunning. Take a walk out onto the salt flats and see some amazing vistas preserved in time. Please stay on the trails though because footprints literally take decades to erode because this place is so dry.

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September 27, 2014
Rated 5.0

While being at Inyo County it is important to visit Badwater Basin. It is an untouchable area below sea level.

You cannot do much but you can see much there! There is no wildlife nor greenery, as the ground is very delicate and it is VERY VERY WARM during the summer.

You get to see though the salt flats and take some great snapshots of how the ground looks like below water.

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Badwater Basin

PO Box 579
92328 USA

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