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?
The Sagebrush, a very common resident of Great Basin National Park, is well adapted to the area. The Big Sagebrush root system can extend as much as 90 feet in circumference. This adaptation allows the plant to collect as much water as possible during infrequent rains.