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Badwater Basin

Take in the unique surroundings of the unusual spot of Death Valley National Park

Badwater Basin in Death Valley 2019 - Best Time
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The sign near the parking lot says that an endorheic basin in Death Valley National Park of California was named Badwater because the water in it was too salty and even toxic for traveller's mules to drink.

Badwater Basin in Death Valley - Best Season 2019
Best time for Badwater Basin in Death Valley 2019

The basin is noted as the lowest point in North America, with a depth of 86 m below sea level and it consists of a small spring-fed pool of "bad water" where the accumulated salts of the nearby basin make it undrinkable.

Best time to see Badwater Basin in Death Valley 2019

The Badwater pool also has plant and animal life, including aquatic insects, the Badwater snail and pickleweed.

Best time for Badwater Basin 2019

Summer in this area can be quite unbearable due to deadly heat. That's why the best time for exploring Badwater Basin is between mid-October through mid-May.

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