• 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.

Places

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?

Sagebrush

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.