At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park is the lowest point in the United States. Oddly enough, the highest point in the continental United States, Mount Whitney, is only 85 miles north. The basin’s salt flats cover almost 200 square miles. And make up some of the largest protected flats in the world.
Also the driest place in the United States, the #AdventurePartnersForLife were fortunate enough to witness a little rain when we were half a mile out into the valley. With only 1.9 inches of rainfall per year, the moisture is counteracted by an annual evaporation rate of a whopping 150 inches.
Many people find desert landscapes to be boring expanses of sandy nothingness. But I find the arid regions to be eerie, enchanting, and the perfect opportunity for some great photography. Death Valley has a number of other interesting sights to visit as well. You’ll want to check out Devil’s Golf Course, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Artist’s Palette, and The Racetrack (literally featuring rolling stones).
Next time you’re in Las Vegas, take a two-hour detour. Check out Badwater Basin in this incredible land of extremes. Make sure you leave with a full gas tank, though; there is truly very little civilization out that way. And no one wants to end up stranded in Death Valley.
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