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Great Basin National Park

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Overview

Located in the shadow of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park, and the larger region it is encompassed by, offer an unexpected diversity in both landforms and living things. Ranging in elevation from 5,000 - 13,000 feet, you'll find mountains, deserts, creeks, springs, caves, playas, rock formations, fossils, and even a lone glacier. Come to Great Basin National Park to experience the smell of sagebrush after a storm, the solitude of the desert, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Far from a wasteland, the Great Basin is a diverse region awaiting exploration.

The variety of natural features and ecosystems found within Great Basin National Park is surprising to many first-time visitors as the park has often been stereotyped as uninteresting and barren. But once off the beaten path, it doesn't take long to discover that this rugged landscape, with its desert valleys and snowcapped peaks, houses much more than meets the eye. Because the Great Basin exhibits such dramatic changes in elevation from its valleys to its peaks, the region supports an impressive variety of animal and plant species, from those adapted to the desert to those adapted to forest and alpine environments.

The story of the Great Basin is not just one of geology and landforms, but also of people as this region has been home to American Indians for thousands of years. In more recent times, farmers and ranchers, Mormons and sheepherders, have all inhabited the Great Basin adding to the rich history and culture of the park.

Visiting Tips

Visitor Centers
  • Lehman Caves Visitor Center - Open daily: 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Great Basin Visitor Center - Open daily in summer: 8:00am to 5:00pm
Fees and Passes
  • Great Basin National Park has no entrance fee.

Camping & Lodging

All park camping is on a first come, first serve basis. No reservations can be made, with the exception of the Grey Cliffs Group Campground.

Click here for more information on camping in the park.

Other Activities

Whether stopping by the visitor center, touring the Lehman Caves, enjoying a picnic lunch after a short day hike, or heading into the backcountry for an overnight stay, Great Basin offers endless opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Be sure to check out the list of things to do when planning your visit to the park.

Lehman Caves may only be entered with a guided tour. Park rangers lead all tours, explaining the history, ecology, and geology of the beautiful marble caves. Cave tours are offered daily. Click here for more information on the tours.

Gems in Great Basin National Park - 2

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gem Favorite Bristlecone Pine branch.

Bristlecone Pine Grove

(6) Baker, NV
gem Favorite View of the Rock Glacier and Wheeler Peak.

Rock Glacier

(3) Baker, NV

Recommended Routes in Great Basin National Park - 2

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Favorite Overlooking Teresa Lake.
Difficult

Wheeler Peak Summit Hike

8.0 mi 12.8 km 3,041' Up 927.02 m Up 3,040' Down 926.68 m Down

Baker, NV
Favorite Checking out Nevada's only Glacier, beneath Wheeler Peak.
Intermediate/Difficult

The Bristlecone Grove/Glacier Trail

4.3 mi 7.0 km 954' Up 290.93 m Up 954' Down 290.77 m Down

Baker, NV

Great Basin National Park Running

  • 96 Miles 154 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 9 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 15 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 15 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Great Basin National Park - 37

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5.1 mi 8.2 km #1Baker Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Baker, NV
Intermediate/Difficult
Baker, NV
2.6 mi 4.2 km #2Alpine Lakes Loop Trail
Intermediate
Baker, NV
Intermediate
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3.8 mi 6.1 km #3South Fork Baker Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Baker, NV
Intermediate/Difficult
Baker, NV
1.9 mi 3.0 km #4Dead Lake
Intermediate/Difficult
Baker, NV
Intermediate/Difficult
Baker, NV
4.3 mi 7.0 km #5Wheeler Peak Summit Trail
Difficult
Baker, NV
Difficult
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3.5 mi 5.6 km #6Lehman Creek Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Baker, NV
Intermediate/Difficult
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0.8 mi 1.2 km #7Bristlecone Grove Trail
Intermediate
Baker, NV
Intermediate
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3.8 mi 6.2 km #8Pole Canyon
Intermediate/Difficult
Baker, NV
Intermediate/Difficult
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2.5 mi 4.0 km #9Lexington Arch Trail
Intermediate
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Intermediate
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0.8 mi 1.2 km #10Glacier Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Baker, NV
Intermediate/Difficult
Baker, NV

Photos of Great Basin National Park - 83

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Checking out Nevada's only Glacier, beneath Wheeler Peak.
Sep 24, 2015 near Baker, NV
View on Wheeler's Peak over Stella Lake.
Jan 14, 2016 near Baker, NV
Overlooking Teresa Lake.
Jan 15, 2016 near Baker, NV
Baker Creek in the Autumn.
Jan 15, 2016 near Baker, NV
Best view in the park!
Jun 13, 2016 near Baker, NV
Winter is coming but the sun is still shining.
Jan 15, 2016 near Baker, NV
This is beautiful Baker Lake as seen when approaching on the trail from the North. We visited the park in late July of 2018 after a very dry winter, so the water level was quite low.
Nov 1, 2019 near Baker, NV
Mountains in Great Basin National Park
Apr 1, 2020 near Baker, NV