• 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.

Amphibians

The following list is for use in Great Basin National Park, North and South Snake Ranges, and Spring and Snake Valleys, White Pine County and Millard County, UT. It is based on museum searches and field observations conducted as part of the Servicewide Inventory and Monitoring Program.

Amphibians (Class Amphibia)
Order Anura (Frogs & Toads)

True Toads (Family Bufonidae)

Western Toad (Bufo Boreas)
Unique Characteristics: Warty skin and white to cream colored dorsal stripe.
Range: Great Basin, records from western White Pine County, NV. Questionable record from Gandy, UT.
Habitat: Desert streams, springs, lakes, and mountains below 11,800 feet. Fossorial.

Woodhouse’s Toad (bufo woodhousei)
Unique Characteristics: Warty skin, whitish, dorsal stripe, and prominent cranial crest.
Range: Records from Gandy, UT.
Habitat: Sandy areas in sagebrush habitats, farms, irrigation ditches up to 8,500 feet.

True Frogs (Family Ranidae)

Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens)
Unique Characteristics: Well-defined, pale bordered, oval or dark spots on back. Well-defined, dorsolateral folds continuous and not angled inward.
Range: Great Basin distribution spotty. Found in Spring and Snake Valley marshes.
Habitat: Springs, slow streams, marshes with permanent water and aquatic vegetation, up to 11,000 feet.

Columbia Spotted Frog (Rana luteiventris)
Unique Characteristics: Light colored jaw-stripe, eyes slightly upturned, yellowish, orange below.
Range: Spotty Great Basin distribution, found in Snake Valley.
Habitat: Occur in slow streams, springs, marshes, and ponds below 6,000 feet. Highly aquatic.

Bullfrog (Rana catesbiana)
Unique Characteristics: Large frog with conspicuous eardrums.
Range: NON-NATIVE to Nevada, widely introduced, responsible for many native amphibian and fish declines.
Habitat: Permanent water, below 9,000 feet.

Spadefoots (Family Pelobatidae)

Great Basin Spadefoot (Spea intermontanus)
Unique Characteristics: Verticle pupils, black spade on each hind foot, no parotoid glands, glandular boss between eyes.
Range: Throughout the Great Basin.
Habitat: Occur in loose, alkaline soils in shadscale/greasewood and sagebrush. Highly fossorial, may aestivate for a full year.

 

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.