Overview

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 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
  • View a complete list of trails and hikes in Great Basin National Park here
  • Frequent scheduled events, including astronomy classes and festivals

Itineraries that include Great Basin National Park

Location & Directions

  • Great Basin National Park is about 5 miles west of Baker, NV and is located in east-central Nevada
  • 286 miles from Las Vegas, 234 miles from Salt Lake City,
  • Great Basin National Park is located near other important destinations, including:
    • Notch Peak – in Utah’s West Desert, a giant limestone monolith surrounded by aspen and conifer forests, a unique hiking and rock-climbing destination
    • West Desert – Utah’s western half that resides in the Great Basin, provides very unusual beauty, herds of rare wild horses, and miles of hiking, horseback riding, and ATV trails
    • Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park (Utah)
    • Fremont Indian State Park (Utah)
    • Great Basin Museum – Delta, Utah, 95 miles east

Other Information

  • No fee for park entrance
  • $6 fee for developed campground use per night; no fee for primitive campground
  • Road accessibility – dependant of weather
    • Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive – open year-round except for the highest portion of the road, open generally June-October
    • Baker Creek Road – usually open May-November
    • Remote park roads – generally open year-round
  • Wet weather can make roads in this region very dangerous – use appropriate vehicles, speed, and common sense when driving in Great Basin National Park
  • Keep gas tanks full while traveling to the park, between the sparsely located gas stations

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