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  • 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 »

  • 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.

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?

Snow on Wheeler Peak

Precipitation patterns are highly variable in Great Basin National Park. The wettest year on record at Lehman Caves was 21.2 inches of precipitation in 1982 and the driest year was 7.4 inches in 1953.