• Grand Palace

    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • 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.

  • Astronomy Programs to Resume August 23rd

    After a safety review Astronmy Programs will begin again on a trial basis on August 23rd. More »

  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    Beginning July 8, 2014 and continuing through the end of August there will be road work at Great Basin National Park on paved roads throughout the park. Delays of 10 minutes or less may occur. Updated 8/12/2014 More »

Great Basin Timeline

Archeological dates

  • 10,000 years ago is the estimated date that Native American settled the Great Basin area.
  • 1,000 years ago Pueblo cultures inhabited the area probably forcing out the Fremont culture.
  • 800 years ago human remains were deposited in the natural entrance of the cave.

Historical dates

  • 1826-Jedediah Smith crosses Snake Range at Sacramento Pass.
  • 1843-1844-John Fremont passes through eastern Nevada.
  • 1859- Mormons establish a settlement in Snake Valley.
  • 1871-Gold discovered at Osceola.
  • 1873-1877-Osceola at its mining peak.
  • 1885-Ab Lehman discovers cave in the spring and had installed ladders and stairs throughout the cave by the fall, tours begin. (Discovery date is questionable.)
  • 1891-Ab Lehman dies in Salt Lake City, October 11.
  • 1892-C. W. Rowland buys Lehman's ranch.
  • 1909 -Nevada Forest Service established in the area surrounding the cave.
  • 1912-The cave is added to the Forest Service.
  • 1920-Clarence Rhodes takes control of the management of the cave.
  • 1922- President Harding proclaims Lehman Caves a National Monument. Rhodes continues operation of the cave for the National Forest Service.
  • 1933-Lehman Caves National Monument is transferred to the National Park Service jurisdiction on June 10th.
  • 1937-Entrance tunnel was started and finished in 1939.
  • 1941-Electric lights installed in the cave.
  • 1963-New Visitor Center/Administration/Café Building is dedicated.
  • 1970-Exit tunnel was completed.
  • 1974-Concrete trails installed in cave.
  • 1981-Talus Room was deleted from the regular tour route.
  • 1986-Great Basin National Park is established and Lehman Caves National Monument is incorporated into the Park on October 27th.
  • 2005 - Great Basin Visitor Center in Baker, Nevada, was completed.

Did You Know?

Osceola ghost town

White Pine County, home to Great Basin National Park, lays claim to some of the most famous ghost towns in Nevada: Hamilton (the former county seat), Osceola (where the largest gold nugget in the state was found) and Cherry Creek.