• Bristlecone Pine

    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • Wheeler Peak Summit Trail Closed

    A small smoldering fire near the trail has caused the closure of the Wheeler Peak Summit Trail. park staff is observing the fire. Check back here to get an update whne the trail will open. Alpine Lakes Loop and Bristlecone Trail are open. More »

  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    Road work will begin in Upper Lehman and Wheeler Peak Campgrounds. Campgrounds will be open but may be noisy and have large vehicles on the roads. The Scenic Drive is open with up to 15 min delays due to road work. Click more for details. Updated 9/9/14 More »

  • Travel Not Recommended - Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive Above 8,000 Feet

    Snow and ice may make travel on Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive unsafe, travel is not recommended at this time. Warmer weather over the weekend is expected and conditions may improve. 10/1/2014

  • Snake Creek Road and Campsites Closed

    The Snake Creek Road will be closed from the park boundary into the park to begin work on campsites, trails and restroom improvements. Work will continue until snow closes the project. Work will resume in Spring 2015.

Park Fun

Ranger presents an original campfire program

Attend an original campfire program

Alana Dimmick

Programs with a Ranger
Evening Campfire Programs, offered nightly during the summer at Upper Lehman Creek and Wheeler Peak Campgrounds. Program topics are related to the Great Basin's cultural and natural resources. Programs last 45 - 60 minutes and are fun for the entire family. Weather Permitting.

Attend a special Astronomy event! Join a Great Basin's "Dark" Rangers for a celebration of this rare and valuable resource, and see stars like few places on Earth! Even look at things through high powered telescopes! These events are scheduled throughout the summer. Check out the Schedule of Events page, stop by any visitor center or call (775) 234-7331 x 212 for more information.

Ranger taking tour group through Lehman Caves

Witness the beauty of Lehman Caves

Alana Dimmick

Lehman Caves is an amazing playground for your child's imagination! The 60-minute Lehman Caves Tour is recommended for families with small children, as children 4 and younger are not permitted on the 90-minute tour. Please remember that touching cave formations is strictly prohibited.


The Great Outdoors
The Mountain View Nature Trail wanders 0.3 miles through the pinyon-juniper forest next to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. A trail guide, available for check-out at the visitor center, describes the geology and ecology of the area.

The gentle 0.4 mile loop Island Forest Trail winds through a high alpine forest. Interpretive signs explain how this forest exists, cut off from other forests by distance, elevation, and time. Begin at the Bristlecone Parking lot at the end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive.

A good, longer walk to break in a young hiker is the Alpine Lakes Loop. The 2.7 mile trail passes by two beautiful alpine lakes, Stella and Teresa, providing great views of Wheeler Peak. Begin at the Bristlecone Trail parking lot at the end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. Elevation gain of 600 feet (180 m). Day use only.

Photo Safari
Give your kids the chance to discover the artist inside with your digital camera. Document Great Basin National Park in photos, allowing each child to photograph scenes, animals, or a location they love. Try photographing objects that tell the story of the current season, like new flowers in the Spring, or orange leaves in the Fall. Compile the photos into a scrapbook or family calendar.

Junior Ranger Program
This program provides children with an opportunity to learn about and interact with the park at their own pace.

Family Field Packs Program
The Field Pack Program is an opportunity for families, who have young children, to discover learn, and document the many resources while they explore Great Basin National Park. Each "themed" pack is equipped with a field journal and a large variety of educational tools for young explorers. Three different packs are available for check-out: Nature Discovery, Tracking, and Night Exploration.

The Field Pack Program is designed to encourage visitors to exercise their imaginations and to explore the park on their own and at their own pace. Packs are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and can be checked out (for a suggested $2 donation) at both the Lehman Caves Visitor Center and the Great Basin Visitor Center. For more details ask a ranger at an information desk.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Notch Peak, located in West Millard County, Utah, and visible from Great Basin National Park, towers above the desert valleys at 9,725 ft. elevation. This 3,000 ft sheer cliff is one of the tallest limestone cliffs in America.