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Badwater Basin

PO Box 579, Death Valley National Park, California 92328 USA (760) 786-3200

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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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Badwater Basin

PO Box 579
Death Valley National Park, California 92328 USA

(760) 786-3200

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Rated 5.0 July 1, 2014

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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Rated 4.0 February 19, 2015

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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Rated 5.0 September 27, 2014

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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