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Great Basin National Park, Baker

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Great Basin National Park is an American national park located in White Pine County in east-central Nevada, near the Utah border, established in 1986. The park is most commonly entered by way of Nevada State Route 488, which is connected to U.S. Routes 6 and 50 by Nevada State Route 487 via the small town of Baker, the closest settlement.

The park derives its name from the Great Basin, the dry and mountainous region between the Sierra Nevada and the Wasatch Mountains. Topographically, this area is known as the Basin and Range Province. The park is located about 290 miles (470 km) north of Las Vegas and protects 77,180 acres (31,230 ha).
The park is notable for its groves of ancient bristlecone pines, the oldest known nonclonal organisms, and for the Lehman Caves at the base of 13,063-foot (3,982 m) Wheeler Peak, as well as Wheeler Peak Glacier.

President Warren G. Harding created Lehman Caves National Monument by presidential proclamation on January 24, 1922. The monument and its surroundings was designated a national park on October 27, 1986, following the advocacy of Congressman Harry Reid.
A number of developed campsites are within the park, as well as backcountry camping opportunities. The Highland Ridge Wilderness lies adjacent to Great Basin National Park. These two protected areas provide contiguous wildlife habitat and protection to 227.8 square miles (590.0 km2) of eastern Nevada's basin lands.
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  • We did the drive to the peak where most of the hikes and beauty lie. Unfortunately, our family being from at sea level states, couldn’t do any of the hikes. Even being at Bryce and Zion prior did... 
    We did the drive to the peak where most of the hikes and beauty lie. Unfortunately, our family being from at sea level states, couldn’t do any of the hikes. Even being at Bryce and Zion prior did...  more »
  • The park is absolutely beautiful, and the rangers were very friendly. It is a bit of drive to the visitor center, & the park overall is out of the way, but it is beautiful. 
    The park is absolutely beautiful, and the rangers were very friendly. It is a bit of drive to the visitor center, & the park overall is out of the way, but it is beautiful.  more »
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  • Beautiful site. We went on the glacier trail and it was beautiful. Glad to see everyone picked up after themselves park was really clean. Enjoyed the astronomy tour at the end (started at 8:30). They had real high quality telescopes to look through. I had taken my own but these were better.
  • Hidden gem of Nevada.! It's a pristine and quiet location from the major cities, which makes it an ideal getaway destination. Wheeler peak hike is the best hike of the park and offers majestic views of the great basin. The scenic drive to wheeler peak campground is amazing (scenic drive is closed for winter till upper Lehman caves campground). Snowshoe rental is available at the visitor center, but very limited shoes are available for rent. You can always find rental snowshoes at the Sports world store in Ely, a town 60 miles from the National park.

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