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 over the weekend is expected and conditions may improve. 10/1/2014
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.
Important Bird Area
What is an Important Bird Area?
Reasons for IBA Recognition
1. The park supports species identified as high conservation priorities. Out of the 51 bird species listed by the Nevada Partners in Flight, 28 species have range distributions within this IBA.
2. The park contains rare, threatened, or unusual habitats. The high elevation habitats (alpine and subalpine) are unusual in Nevada.
3. This site is exceptional in the state because of its natural or near-natural habitat, meaning that there is little to no human disturbance.
Great Basin Bird Habitats
Bird Species of Focus in the Great Basin National Park IBA
Threats to the Great Basin National Park IBA
Invasive Plants: There are 43 invasive weed species present in the park, and four of are particular concern. They are Musk thistle, Spotted knapweed, Bull thistle, and Field bindweed.
Groundwater Pumping: There have been some efforts to pump and transport water to southern Nevada, which would negatively affect the water quantity and wildlife habitat within the park.
Did You Know?
One of the major ecological threats to the sagebrush-dominated Great Basin ecosystem is the introduction and spread of dozens of species of non-native plants. The most important of these, cheatgrass (or downy brome) covers the largest area: 25 million acres, one-third of the area of the Great Basin.