Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. Periodic rainstorms flood the valley floor but soon evaporate because of the intense heat, leaving behind a pattern of crystals on the salt pan. Average annual rainfall in Badwater Basin is 1.9 inches a year. According to legend, Badwater gets its name from a mule that refused to drink the salty water. This woman hiker is taking in the view of Badwater Basin from Dante's View at 5,476 feet above sea level. Dante's View is about 16 miles south of Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park, California, USA.