Half Day/ Auto-Tour Itinerary

Visitors spending a half day in Great Basin National Park can see the most iconic parts of the park.

  • Begin with driving directly to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center and reserving tickets for a cave tour (unless you have reserved your tickets for a later time beforehand).
  • Recommended is the shorter, 60-minute tour of the Lodge Room, which travels only .4 miles.
    • Remember to only bring shoes, clothing, and cameras that haven’t been in other caves or mines, or else undergo White Nose Syndrome decontamination.
  • Next, turn onto the 12-mile Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, stopping at any overlooks, including Mather Overlook and Wheeler Peak Overlook.
  • Consider taking the 1/4 -mile Island Forest Trail at the very end of the scenic drive before heading back out of the park.

Full Day Itinerary

Begin the day at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center, purchasing tickets, then:

  • Take the 90-minute Grand Palace Tour of Lehman Caves.
  • Walk the short Mountain View Nature Trail, just outside the Lehman Caves Visitor Center.
  • Drive the 12-mile Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, stopping at any overlook destinations.
  • Hike the 2.8-mile (round-trip) Bristlecone Pine Trail, featuring some of the world’s most ancient trees.
  • If time allows, continue the Bristlecone Trail onto the Glacier Trail another 2.5 miles, which travels to the only glacier in the state and right up to the base of Wheeler Peak.

Two Day Itinerary

Itineraries spanning two days will be able to accommodate both cave tours, as well as several of the beautiful nature trails. Be sure to purchase tour tickets before your trip, or when you first arrive to the park at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center.

Day One:

  • Participate in the 60-minute Lodge Room Tour of Lehman Caves.
  • Walk the short Mountain View Nature Trail, just outside the Lehman Caves Visitor Center.
  • Drive the 12-mile Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, stopping at any overlook destinations.
  • Hike the 2.8-mile (round-trip) Bristlecone Pine Trail, featuring some of the world’s most ancient trees.
  • If time allows, continue the Bristlecone Trail onto the Glacier Trail another 2.5 miles, which travels to the only glacier in the state and right up to the base of Wheeler Peak.

Day Two:

  • Participate in the 90-minute Grand Palace Tour of Lehman Caves.
  • Consider any of the following hikes, based on time and ability:
    • Lehman Creek Trail: 6.8 miles (round-trip), connects Lehman Campground to Wheeler Peak. Runs along the creek.
    • Wheeler Peak Summit Trail: 8.6 miles (round-trip), best to start earlier in the day, reaches the summit of the beautiful Wheeler Peak.
    • Baker Lake Trail: 12 miles (round-trip), the trail begins at the Baker Creek Road and ends at Baker Lake.

Backcountry Itinerary

Backcountry use and camping do not require permits, but registration (for use in emergency) is strongly encouraged.

Backcountry hikes to consider for a 1 or 2 day trip, include:

  • Wheeler Peak Summit Trail: 8.6 miles (round-trip), best to start earlier in the day, reaches the summit of the beautiful Wheeler Peak.
  • Baker Lake/Johnson Lake Loop: 13.1 miles (round-trip), this loop combines two trails with a steep ridge between Baker and Johnson Lakes. This ridgetop offers views of Wheeler Peak and Baker Peak, in addition to the two lakes and the spectacular views in between.