Every place touched by human hands in Great Basin National Park has its story. The natural history of landforms and geologic processes overlaps human experiences in the same locations.
Ancient Fremont Indians left art on the rock walls at Upper Pictograph Cave, telling indecipherable tales. Miners in the late 1800s left visible marks behind in the way of structures, pulleys, and mining shafts at the Johnson Lake Mine. And Absalom Lehman, an early settler in the Snake Valley, planted an orchard that remains today, built an aqueduct still discernible in places, and opened beautiful Lehman Caves to the rest of the world.
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.