• Bristlecone Pine

    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • Cave Tours Sold Out

    Cave Tours are sold out for Friday 10/17 and Saturday 10/18. You can make reservations for Sunday at (775) 234-7517. Please be patient call voulmnes are high, we will get back to you. Checkout the other great things to do at Great Basin National Park. More »

  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    The Scenic Drive is open with up to 15 min delays due to road work. Wheeler Peak Campground will be closed for the day on October 14th. Lower Lehman Campground will be closed for the day on October 15th. Click more for details. Updated 10/9/14 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.

Lakes and Ponds

Six subalpine lakes are found in Great Basin National Park. Stella and Teresa Lakes occupy glacial cirques near the Wheeler Peak Campground, while nearby Brown Lake is in a glacial moraine. Baker and Johnson Lakes are also in glacial cirques, Baker Lake at the top of Baker Creek and Johnson Lake above Snake Creek. Dead Lake is found in a glacial terminal moraine.

All of these lakes are rather small, with an average surface area of 2 acres and no deeper than 20 feet. The majority of the water in them comes from snowmelt, although Teresa and Johnson Lakes also have springs flowing into them. During the summer a large amount of water evaporates off the water surface and the lakes decrease, leaving what appear to be bathtub-like rings around some of them.

Baker Lake contains two species of introduced fish, brook trout and Lahontan cutthroat trout. All of the lakes contain phytoplankton, zooplankton, and aquatic insects.

Did You Know?

Snow on Wheeler Peak

Precipitation patterns are highly variable in Great Basin National Park. The wettest year on record at Lehman Caves was 21.2 inches of precipitation in 1982 and the driest year was 7.4 inches in 1953.