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  • 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 »

  • 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.

Great Basin National Park Act of 1986

Public Law 99-565-Oct. 27, 1986
99th Congress
An Act
To establish a Great Basin National Park in the state of Nevada, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembed,
This Act may be known as the "Great Basin National Park Act of 1986."
(a) Purpose; designation
In order to preserve for the benefit and inspiration of the people a representative segment of the Great Basin of the Western United States possessing outstanding resources and significant geological and scenic values, there is hereby established the Great Basin National Park (hereinafter in this subchapter referred to as the “park”).

(b) Composition; filing of map; public inspection
The park shall consist of approximately seventy-six thousand acres, as depicted on the map entitled “Boundary Map, Great Basin National Park, Nevada,” numbered NA–GB 20,017, and dated October 1986. The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and the Office of the Superintendent, Great Basin National Park, Nevada.
(c) Filing of legal description; public inspection
Within 6 months after October 27, 1986, the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter in this subchapter referred to as the “Secretary”) shall file a legal description of the park designated under this section with the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States House of Representatives and with the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the United States Senate. Such legal description shall have the same force and effect as if included in this subchapter, except that the Secretary may correct clerical and typographical errors in such legal description and in the map referred to in subsection (a) of this section. The legal description shall be on file and available for public inspection in the offices of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
(d) Incorporation of Lehman Caves National Monument within park
(1)The Lehman Caves National Monument, designated on January 24, 1922, by Presidential proclamation under the authority contained in the Act of June 8, 1906 (34 Stat. 225) [16 U.S.C. 431–433] is hereby abolished and the lands incorporated within the Great Basin National Park. Any reference in any law, map, regulation, document, record, or other paper of the United States to such national monument shall be deemed to be a reference to Great Basin National Park.

(2)Any funds available for purposes of the national monument shall be available for purposes of the park.

Did You Know?

Bristlecone Pine; photographed by Kathy Billings

Many of Great Basin National Park's bristlecone pines were growing at the time the Egyptians were building the pyramids. Not only are the trees themselves old, but the needles alone can be 25-40 yrs old!