Badwater Basin Salt Flats Trail

EASY 91 reviews

Badwater Basin Salt Flats Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly 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 birding and is best used from October until March.

1.8 miles
9 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips





no dogs

Hike to the lowest point in the US.

14 days ago

Scenic and interesting. Also a little weird. Not worth driving across the state for but definitely a well kept park land. Day pass is around $20. Definitely recommend stopping by here but don’t plan and spend more than an hour.

20 days ago

Super cool , and weird

1 month ago

We stopped by the trail after completing the Golden Canyon hike and glad we did. It was quite neat to be able to visit the lowest point in North America.

As other ls have commented, it’s a little busier at the beginning of the trail, but if you make your way down the crowds thin out.

1 month ago

Just was up there recently and weather was perfect! Wrote a little trip report too. The trail is short, but it's cool to see this place, at least just once.

1 month ago

A must see for anyone's first visit to Death Valley. You can walk as far out into the salt flats as you want. There's usually a crowd but seeing the lowest point in North America is cool. Be sure to see the "Sea Level" sign on the rocks 282 ft. above you.

3 months ago

Neat place to go! Always want to see it! Not much of a hike but worth it! 9-20-17

5 months ago

Worth it mostly because it's the lowest point in the US. You can walk out to the middle, but the scenery doesn't change.

5 months ago


6 months ago

This is your chance to say you've been at the lowest point in the US! You don't have to walk all the way to the center, if you don't want to, to get the gist. Take some close-up photos of the salt honeycomb surface; they turn out really cool! On your return, be sure to look up at the cliff to see the "Sea Level" sign -- that's when you really realize how far below sea level you are.

6 months ago

very neat place. Bring water, it's very hot!

7 months ago

go out very far to get past the people and actually see the polygonal salt structures

7 months ago

Short flat trail, but wear a hat, take water. The heat will get to you quick out here

7 months ago

It gets unbearably hot, so try to do this earlier in the day. There is not much of a scenic difference, since the area is a large open space, but it is definitely worth visiting. Do not need to spend more than 30 minutes here.

8 months ago

Flat, easy walk. We went late April at sunset and there were a total of 8 people on the flats. Very cool to walk so far below sea level. Waking back to the parking lot, take a look at the rocks just behind the parking lot. There is a sign that marks "sea level" which gives a very different perspective!

9 months ago

This trail is an experience.

I don't agree with the lightly trafficked rating on this one. We went in March and it was packed.

The trail has its own parking lot and vault toilets. It actually begins on a designated boardwalk, but that soon transitions to open salt flats you can wander off on. You pass Badwater lake at the start and the salt flats follow. There are informational placards at the beginning.

The salt is fascinating and reminded me of hot crunchy snow.

This is the lowest spot in the US, so beware of heat depending on the time of year you go.

We went at sunset specifically to get the shot of the colors above the flats. It is well worth it and I definitely recommend this experience.

10 months ago

10 months ago

I licked it

Monday, November 14, 2016

So weird! Look up high on the mountain above you there is a sign that says sea level. Looks like you are walking on snow, but it's white salt!

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Panoramic view of this alien landscape in its complete glory will leave you spell bounded

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Cool thing to see, you don't have to walk that far if you don't wish to

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