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    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    Road work will create delays on the main park road going up to Lehman Caves Visitor Center and Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. Wheeler Peak Campground will close at noon on September 2nd and portions of the Scenic Drive. Click more for details. Updated 8/25/14 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.

Lehman Orchard

Lehman's orchard

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Fruit trees, well over 100 years old, still thrive just below the lower parking lot at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. The orchard, begun by Absalom Lehman, discover and early developer of Lehman Caves, has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975.

The historic orchard, which covered more than 7 acres, included some 40 apricot, pear, crabapple, peach, plum, and apple trees by the early 1930s. Today, only seven apricot trees and one peach tree remain, and they are maintained by the National Park Service.

Fruit from the trees may be consumed on premises by visitors. Collecting or removing fruit from the park is prohibited.

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.