• Bristlecone Pine

    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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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.

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?

No water in the Great Basin Desert ever reaches an ocean.

The Hydrographic Great Basin is a 200,000 square mile area that drains internally. All precipitation in this region evaporates, sinks underground, or flows into lakes. No water reaches the ocean.