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.Put Great Basin National Park at the forefront of your travel plans using our Baker attractions planner.
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 was redesignated a national park on October 27, 1986. A number of developed campsites are within the park, as well as excellent 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 happened to be at the park fpr an international dark skies presentation. The park had an astronomy festival in coordination of the park receiving an international designation as a DARK SKY PARK... more »
I was looking for an out-of-the-way destination for my 20 year old son and myself on our annual mini-tour of the West. Great Basin looked interesting but I was concerned about the weather since we... more »
My favorite!! Very few visitors, and even fewer that would do the hike to Mt Wheeler. However, while a little challenging, the hike gives you plenty of visual rewards. We saw deer, chipmunks, etc. plus flora galore. The two lakes were peaceful and scenic. The view from one included views of the glaciers. We have to go out of our way for this park, but it's well worth the trip! If you stay in Baker, prepare to bring in your own groceries or find a limited source at the local grocery/convenience store. Two restaurants in Baker - both are good, one a little more expensive than the other. I think until the area gets more visitors the food choice outside the park will remain limited. In the park there's a little diner - good food, great customer service! If you want to do the bat tour, make your reservations early!
What a beautiful National Park! This is probably my favorite of them all on account of the complete lack of crowds often associated with other National Parks. The air was crisp, cool, and beautiful making it a great place to get out of the summer heat. To top it off the views from above are spectacular! Looking at the desert floor many thousands of feet below you is one of the most impressive perspectives I have seen. Great Basin has easily become my favorite National Park!
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