Badwater Road

Badwater Road

Badwater Road is a wonderful drive to Badwater basin, the lowest point in North America with an elevation of 282ft (86m) below sea level. The road is paved and located in Death Valley National Park, in California, USA.

The road to the lowest point in USA, also known as (CA 178), is 15.5 miles long. The road passes Artist’s Drive, another worthy attraction with unique Death Valley geology. Death Valley is one of the hottest places in the world, and climatic conditions in the park can be extreme. The world record highest air temperature of 134°F (57°C) was recorded here. Plan your visit in the park. Drink plenty of water. Avoid hiking in the heat. Travel prepared to survive: Stay on paved roads in summer. If your car breaks down, stay with it until help comes. Carry extra drinking water in your car in case of emergency. If you feel dizzy, nauseous, or a headache, get out of the sun immediately and drink water or sports drinks. More people die in single-car accidents than by any other means. To avoid an accident, follow the speed limits, shift to a lower gear on steep downhill grades, and wear your seatbelt. Never place your hands or feet where you cannot see first. Rattlesnakes, scorpions, or black widow spiders may be sheltered there.

Due its unique location and passing through remote areas, it is important when driving in these conditions to be prepared. You must be prepared and use common sense. With an air conditioned vehicle you can safely tour many of the main sites in Death Valley. Avoid canyons during rain storms and be prepared to move to higher ground. While driving, be alert for water running in washes and across road dips. Do not enter mine tunnels or shafts. Mines may be unstable, have hidden shafts, pockets of bad air and poisonous gas. Hikers, backpackers and four-wheelers need to be self reliant and well prepared. Always plan ahead, carry detailed maps and let someone know your plans. Backpackers should obtain a free backcountry permit from any visitor center. Dial 911 from any telephone or cell phone. Cell phones may not work in many parts of the park. Do not depend on them.