Programs with a Ranger
Attend a special Astronomy event! Join a Great Basin's "Dark" Rangers for a celebration of this rare and valuable resource, and see stars like few places on Earth! Even look at things through high powered telescopes! These events are scheduled throughout the summer. Check out the Schedule of Events page, stop by any visitor center or call (775) 234-7331 x 212 for more information.
Lehman Caves is an amazing playground for your child's imagination! The 60-minute Lehman Caves Tour is recommended for families with small children, as children 4 and younger are not permitted on the 90-minute tour. Please remember that touching cave formations is strictly prohibited.
The gentle 0.4 mile loop Island Forest Trail winds through a high alpine forest. Interpretive signs explain how this forest exists, cut off from other forests by distance, elevation, and time. Begin at the Bristlecone Parking lot at the end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive.
A good, longer walk to break in a young hiker is the Alpine Lakes Loop. The 2.7 mile trail passes by two beautiful alpine lakes, Stella and Teresa, providing great views of Wheeler Peak. Begin at the Bristlecone Trail parking lot at the end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. Elevation gain of 600 feet (180 m). Day use only.
Junior Ranger Program
Family Field Packs Program
The Field Pack Program is designed to encourage visitors to exercise their imaginations and to explore the park on their own and at their own pace. Packs are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and can be checked out (for a suggested $2 donation) at both the Lehman Caves Visitor Center and the Great Basin Visitor Center. For more details ask a ranger at an information desk.