• Bristlecone Pine

    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • Wheeler Peak Summit Trail Closed

    A small smoldering fire near the trail has caused the closure of the Wheeler Peak Summit Trail. park staff is observing the fire. Check back here to get an update whne the trail will open. Alpine Lakes Loop and Bristlecone Trail are open. More »

  • 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 »

  • Travel Not Recommended - Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive Above 8,000 Feet

    Snow and ice may make travel on Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive unsafe, travel is not recommended at this time. Warmer weather later in the week is expected and conditions may improve. Please check back. 9/29/2014

  • 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.

2011 BioBlitz Hymenoptera

Harvester ant

NPS PHOTO

The third annual Great Basin National Park Bioblitz will be held August 1-3, 2011. It will concentrate on the Order Hymenoptera (ants, wasps, and bees).

Currently the park does not know any of the bee or wasp species that call Great Basin their home. This Bioblitz will help the park develop a list of these species, as well as learn more about what habitats they are found in.

Everyone is invited to participate. We need citizen scientists to search campgrounds, trails, and the backcountry. A training workshop will be held at the beginning of the Bioblitz that covers the natural history of Hymenoptera, along with collection techniques. Then a 48-hour collection period begins. Collecting equipment will be available for loan.

In order to know what's been collected, the park has invited experienced entomologists to come and assist. Dr. James Pitts from Utah State University will be leading the effort, along with several of his graduate students. The state entomologists from Nevada and Utah are planning on coming, along with entomologists from University of Nevada-Reno, University of California-Davis, Utah Museum of Natural History, and more. Additional entomologists are welcome to participate.

Participants are offered free camping during the event and an opportunity to experience their national park in a unique way. For additional information, please email us!

2011 Bioblitz Review

2011 BioBlitz Fact Sheet

BioBlitz Fun Facts

Did You Know?

Lack of light pollution, better night sky.

Great Basin National Park has a annual Astronomy Festival each September to celebrate its dark skies.