If you go to ever go to Death Valley National Park in Death Valley, California, you have to go to the lowest point in North America which is Badwater Basin. It is an endoheic basin or a closed drainage basin that retains water with no outflow to rivers or oceans. The water converges into lakes or swamps with an equilibrium through evaporation. The “Bad” water is a small spring-fed pool next to the road with accumulated salts. So the water is bad to drink.
Note the path behind the Badwater Basin sign in the photograph – This is a open area to walk and explore this lowest point. We walked on salt on this trail. A few visitors wrote their names or messages in the salt. We were also fortunate that the weather tempature was not over 100 degrees. We lucked out that the temperature was around 93 degrees, a pleasant temperature for being out in a desert in mid June.
The 2nd photograph is the beginning of the trail before the sign. Look at the midpoint of the mountain in where there is a rectagular white spot. This is the sign on the mountain that designates sea level so we could see how low we were below sea level.
The elevation for this lowest point is 282 ft below sea level. Did we feel any different being at the lowest point in North America? Not really! But it is fun to say we had a low point during our vacation and were happy to be there.