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.
The planning process at Great Basin National Park is guided by laws, regulations, policies, guidelines, and park-specific plans.
The Organic Act of 1916 determines the purpose of all national park units.
The park's enabling legislation, The Great Basin National Park Act of 1986, specifically determines this park's purpose, and contains some general directions for park operations. This legislation called for the creation of the Great Basin General Management Plan (GMP), which was issued in 1993 after public involvement. This document provides a long term agenda for park development and operations, and will guide park actions for 10-15 years, if not longer.
Park managers set priorities, and submit projects, to accomplish the goals and actions described in the GMP. Funding for these projects comes from several sources. Great Basin applies annually for budget increases and project funds from Congress, competing with all other national parks for these funds. Projects that directly affect park visitors can be funded through park fee money, or funds collected from visitors who recreate in the park. Funding can also come as donations from park friends, like the Great Basin National Park Foundation, who designate money for specific projects.
Great Basin's five year strategic plan (PMDS) expresses what the park would like to accomplish within its operating budget over the next five years. It is developed by the park's Management Team, which consists of the superintendent and all division chiefs. The Annual Performance Plan (APP) identifies the work goals for each fiscal year (October-September) in Great Basin.
Various divisions within the park also participate in their own specific planning processes. For example, the Interpretation Division develops a Long Range Interpretive Plan to guide its programs. The Resource Management Plan guides the activities related to natural and cultural resource protection and restoration. The park's Fire Management Plan guides prescribed fire and fire suppression activities.
Some decisions require environmental and/or historic compliance and public involvement. Projects currently open for public review at Great Basin can be found on the National Park Service Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) web page.
Within the above framework, park managers make decisions regarding future operations and priorities at Great Basin National Park.
Did You Know?
There are 48 miles of perennial streams, and over 400 springs in the South Snake Range, home to Great Basin National Park. Over 75% of wildlife species are dependent upon these riparian areas for food, water, and cover at some stage of their life cycles.