At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater holds the record for the lowest elevation in the western hemisphere and is one of the hottest places on the planet. To the naked eye, it looks like another long flat salt pan, but if you turn around and look at the mountain behind you, you can see the “Sea Level” sign hanging on the rock face. From Badwater you can plainly see Telescope Peak across the valley at 11,049 feet. This is one of the most dramatic elevation changes anywhere in the world. If you visit during the summer months, a few minutes in the heat of Badwater will not soon be forgotten.
The Badwater pull-out is 18 miles south of the park visitor center on the Badwater Road. It includes a board walk, parking for buses and RV’s, information displays and rest rooms.