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Badwater Basin Salt Flats Trail [CLOSED]

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Death Valley National Park

Badwater Basin Salt Flats Trail is a 2.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Death Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from October until March.

Distance: 2.9 km Elevation Gain: 3 m Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wildlife

rocky

closed

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Hike to the lowest point in the US.

hiking
10 days ago

Very cool to see all the petrified wood and all. Beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

We went to Badwater Basin in February. It was a bit of a walk to the open area of salt flats, dress in layers because you’ll want to take a couple off when you get into the desert! Such a beautiful place! We are from MA and I’d go back to CA just to visit Death Valley again.

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no shade
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

if you want to see the true beauty of the salt flats you MUST walk out past the trodden down part. the difference is incredible. so many people did not want to make the walk and missed out on the natural wonder....it gets way more white and dusted-looking the father you go. definitely a must-see in Death Valley!

hiking
2 months ago

The hexagonal patterns are unreal, and the farther out you go, the less flattened and disturbed they are. The ~⅓ mile walk out to the flats is not particularly interesting, but such is the sacrifice. This is the lowest point in the lower 48 states, and these salt flats are by far the best protected and preserved salt flats in the entire country. Definitely worth stopping by if you have about an hour or so. Parking was easy on a March weekend morning.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Very cool walk! It is more of a walk than a hike. Make sure to walk out at least a mile. The salty terrain changes into the photogenic polygonal shapes that you see in photographs.

hiking
3 months ago

I added a star for the sole factor that it is a “must do” in the park (otherwise I’d say 3). It boasts being the lowest point in North America and salt crystals as far as the eye can see. Beyond that... not much to see. It was very busy, but lots of coming and going in the parking lot so it was easy to find a spot. My favorite part of the trail was the sea level marker over 200ft high on the mountainside - you can see it above the parking area as you are walking back to you car.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

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no shade
3 months ago

A must do for Death Valley- a simple walk out into the salt flats. Bring water!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

recorded Badwater Basin Salt Flats Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Très beau paysage... mais le plus beau est au bout vers la fin... c’est unique !

hiking
4 months ago

I guess that's famous. Go all the way past all the tourists, that's where it looks nice.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy walking trail with a paved road and parking lot. A lot of tourists so we had to hike out some distance to get some photos. There is water farther out. Fun to say you've been to the lowest point in North America. For pictures and information on this trail and many more follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen

You won’t get it to see it 100% unless you don’t walk all the way in. It really looks like a frozen lake. Beautiful view with the mountains behind it and totally worth to take some time aside and do this.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

The Badwater Trail is a must-see for all visitors of the Park given its scenic views and interesting salt formations, which I consider one of the most interesting formations that I have seen at any National Park. The trailhead is easy to access and is a short distance away from the Furnace Creek Campground and Furnace Creek Visitor Center. Parking can become full, and therefore it may be best to visit during less popular times especially during peak season. The trail itself is very straightforward and flat, making it accessible to all. The views are attractive all-around, providing hikers with both a wonderful source of exercise and numerous photographing opportunities. Given that there is no shade available, sunglasses are recommended, as is water.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a must do hike in Death Valley. Very short, but a very unique feature of the park.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful view! I went there around sunset in January and it was amazing. Definitely take a lot of water with you, even in winter.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Easy and flat. We did this when the sun was setting, and it was less crowded than expected in the evening. It's a "must do" hike in Death Valley National Park, the salt deposits are very unique and beautiful! Make sure you go all the way (1 mile) for good photo shots!

hiking
5 months ago

get here early! its so nice in the morning

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely worth a visit while in Death Valley. Very accessible for all.

Cool to visit, good for pictures, we may come back at night to star gaze

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

Easy short stroll but definitely worth the views.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome walk out today because it was flooded from recent rains. Flat and salty!

hiking
5 months ago

Simple walk to the amazing salt flats with un-disturbed patterns

hiking
flooded
5 months ago

walking
no shade
6 months ago

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6 months ago

hiking
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6 months ago

Easy flat hike but really warm and no shade.

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