“Experience the stunning solitude of the desert”
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. There's a whole lot more than just desert here!
One of America's most underrated national parks. Loads of hiking trails and lots of campsites. Though it's important to note that the campsites are primitive camping (none of that fancy cabin stuff you city folk like). :) Camping is also first come first serve, so get there early. There's a great cave tour and some of the best stargazing in America. There's no fee to enter the park, but the cave tour has a fee, and you need to book ahead. Good place to bring kids, as the hiking is pretty easy.
One of the least visited National Parks in the 48, this is one of my favorites. This is a park that has a lot of neat, natural attractions without the crowds. "Half the Park is after dark" is a poster I have above my son's crib and it's true. My first visit to the park included a guided tour of Lehman Caves and then a Ranger-led night sky program in the VC parking lot with volunteers and their telescopes. I couldn't believe the amount of natural light just from the stars. With fewer people also comes better personal connections with the park resources, including animals (view from a safe distance). The Bristlecone Pines are a national treasure and always worth seeing when the roads are clear. Don't pass up on this park.
We went out just after a light dusting of snow. Some of the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen! All the leaves were changing colors so there were these shimmering golden trees against the mountain in the background. The long distance views were incredible
Stay at one of five developed campgrounds with tent pads and fire rings, or really rough it at the one primitive campground.
• +1 775 234 7331, nps.gov. Developed sites are $15 a night and primitive sites are free. All sites are first-come, first-served, no reservations accepted. Lower Lehman Creek is open year round and the rest from May through October
Spent a single night at Baker Creek CG on a weeknight mid-August and was literally the only person at the site. Very nice facilities and fairly large camp sites. Rained like hell all night but was treated to the most incredibly spectacular sunrise I’ve ever seen in the morning. Truly beautiful Park.
Gorgeous. More of a stop thru if you’re not huge on hiking but stunning.
Well worth the drive into the park. Nice cave tour and very helpful personnel. Beautiful views up the scenic drive.
Great dark sky park for contemplating the Milky Way
A completely beautiful park. Bristlecone pines in the Great Basin are absolutely awe inspiring. Dogs are not allowed on trails so do NOT bring them.
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Great Basin National Park
- Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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