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.
Lehman Caves Restoration
To reduce the everyday wear and tear on the cave, crews must actively clean the cave system. This includes the removal of algae, and tedious process of lint removal, where crews painstakingly remove accumulated lint from the cave formations with nothing more than tweezers and paint brushes.
We can all do our part to reduce our impact to all cave systems. Always make sure you stay on the paved trail, and be extra careful not to touch the cave walls or cave formations, even with your clothing. And always remember the caving motto:
"Take nothing but pictures,
Leave nothing but carefully placed footprints
Kill nothing but time"
For more information on cave restoration and 'soft caving' please Speleological visit the National Speological Society.
Did You Know?
The Hydrographic Great Basin is a 200,000 square mile area that drains internally. All precipitation in this region evaporates, sinks underground, or flows into lakes. No water reaches the ocean.