Snow-dusted Telescope Peak rises above Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, California, USA.
In Death Valley National Park, snow-dusted Telescope Peak (11,043 ft) rises high above Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America (282 feet below sea level). Inyo County, California, USA. Millions of visitors have compacted a wide white salt walkway across the brown-dirt-dusted crystal formations. Through concentration by evaporation, Badwater Basin accumulates mostly Sodium Chloride (table salt), plus calcite, gypsum, and borax (famously mined 1883-1889 with Twenty Mule Teams). Cresting the Panamint Range, Telescope Peak has one of the greatest vertical rises above local terrain of any mountain in the contiguous United States. Its summit rises 11,325 feet above Badwater Basin in about 15 miles, and about 10,000 feet above the floor of Panamint Valley in about 8 miles, to the west.Add to Lightbox Download