Badwater, California

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Unincorporated community
Badwater is located in California
Badwater is located in the US
Location in California
Coordinates: 36°13′47″N 116°46′01″W / 36.22972°N 116.76694°W / 36.22972; -116.76694Coordinates: 36°13′47″N 116°46′01″W / 36.22972°N 116.76694°W / 36.22972; -116.76694
Country United States
State California
County Inyo County
Elevation[1] -266 ft (-81 m)

Badwater is an unincorporated community in Inyo County, California.[1] It is located in Death Valley 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Bennetts Well,[2] at an elevation of -266 feet (-81 m).[1] Badwater is the lowest elevation settlement in North America, near Badwater Basin, which contains the lowest point in North America. Badwater has been noted for its unusual place name.[3]

Badwater is also known for being the start of the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon which is billed as the toughest foot race on the planet.


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Badwater, California
  2. ^ Durham, David L. (1998). California's Geographic Names: A Gazetteer of Historic and Modern Names of the State. Clovis, Calif.: Word Dancer Press. p. 1145. ISBN 1-884995-14-4. 
  3. ^ Thompson, George E. (1 July 2009). You Live Where?: Interesting and Unusual Facts about where We Live. iUniverse. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-4401-3421-0.