View of the Badwater Basin from Dante’s View within Death Valley National Park. Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America, with an elevation of 282 feet below sea level. Dante’s View is at elevation 5,475 feet, thus this photo depicts a drop of 5,757 feet. The basin below is white as it made up of almost pure table salt. This salt flat was first created 2000 to 3000 years ago by the drying-up of the 30-foot deep Recent Lake.