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    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    Beginning July 8, 2014 and continuing through the end of August there will be road work at Great Basin National Park on paved roads throughout the park. Delays of 10 minutes or less may occur. Updated 7/22/2014 More »

Management

A Park is Born

Great Basin National Park was established by an act of Congress on October 27, 1986. Lehman Caves National Monument was abolished in that act, and the lands incorporated into the new park. More than just Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park encompasses over 77,000 acres that includes several bristlecone pine groves and Wheeler Peak, the second highest peak in Nevada.

The MissionThe mission of Great Basin National Park, based in legislation, is:

  • To protect a representative portion of the physiographic Great Basin region for current and future enjoyment and scientific understanding.

  • Interpret the Great Basin of the western United States in cooperation with park partners such as public and community entities.

  • Interpret Great Basin National Park's 77,100 acres, which encompass some of the best representative features of the Great Basin region. Over 660 species of flora and fauna attest to its biological diversity. Ancient bristlecone pines, one of the world's oldest living things, survive in excess of 4,000 years. Significant geological values include more than 45 caves, of which the best known and most visited is Lehman Caves. Glacial formations include cirques, moraines, alpine tarns, and the only glacier in the Great Basin region.

  • Maintain and protect the air quality of the park. It is the best in the continental United States with visibility often exceeding 120 miles.

  • Preserve cultural resources that range from prehistoric artifacts and drawings dating back 12,000 years, to historic mining and ranching endeavors.

  • Provide for the public enjoyment compatible with the protection and significance of the park.

Did You Know?

non-native plant, cheatgrass

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.