Great Basin National Park – NV

Great Basin National Park is a beautiful combination of desert valleys, cacti, sagebrush, snow-capped mountain peaks, and forests of aspen and ancient bristlecone pine trees. It is a relic of fascinating geologic action – evidenced by its numerous cave systems and basin and range formations. The park boasts more than 660 species of plant and animal life, from mountain lions to jackrabbits. It is a prime destination for star-gazing, bird watching, horseback riding, fishing, camping, hiking, fossil-hunting, rockhounding, and exploring.

Key Attractions

  • Great Basin Visitors Center
    • Open May-September, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Located north of Baker, NV on the west side of Hwy 487
    • Bookstore – open in the visitors center year-round
  • Lehman Caves – one of the most spectacular cave systems in the country, displaying grand rooms, stalactites, stalagmites, popcorn, flowstone, helictites, and over 300 rare shield formations
    • Tours are given year-round (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day)
    • Tickets can be purchased in person at the visitors center or in advance (755.234-7331 x 242)
    • Lehman Caves Visitors Center –
      • Open year-round, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
      • Lehman Caves Café and Gift Shop – open in the visitors center from late May – the middle of October (summer season)
  • Wheeler Peak – 8.6 miles, moderate to challenging – provides stunning views of the basin and beautiful ecology
    • Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive – 12 miles of spectacular views of the mountains and valleys of Great Basin National Park
    • Island Forest Trail – easy, ¼ mile hike at the end of the beautiful Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, – wheelchair accessible
  • Mountain View Nature Trail – .3 miles, easy walk through the pinyon pine and juniper tree forest – located next to the Lehman Caves Visitors Center
  • Frequently scheduled events, including astronomy classes and festivals

Great Basin National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

From the 13,063-foot summit of Wheeler Peak, to the sage-covered foothills, Great Basin National Park is a place to sample the stunning diversity of the larger Great Basin region. Come and partake of the solitude of the wilderness, walk among ancient bristlecone pines, bask in the darkest of night skies, and explore mysterious subterranean passages.