• Bristlecone Pine

    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • 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.

Research Permits

Great Basin National Park is the location for over 20 research projects each year. Every project must be reviewed to ensure that it satisfies regulatory requirements, is appropriate to the park setting, meets accepted scientific criteria, and does not unduly impact park resources or the visitor experience. Understanding Great Basin's resources is vital to improving park management and expanding scientific knowledge.

Permit Applications

To apply for a permit on the National Park Service's Research Permit and Reporting System web page, go to http://science.nature.nps.gov/research and submit the following:

  1. An application.
  2. A full research proposal (see the Guidelines for Study Proposals at the same web site).

Please be sure to review the National Park Service Conditions as well as the Great Basin National Park Conditions. Submit all paperwork as far in advance as possible to allow time for the review process, which takes up to 60 days. Simple applications can often be approved more quickly.

Any direct assistance you might need from the park, such as logistical support or study site selection should be requested with your permit application. Please contact the Research Permit Coordinator at (775) 234-7541 for assistance.

Terms and Conditions

General Conditions (requirements and restrictions) will be attached to all Research and Collecting Permits issued. These conditions must be adhered to by permit recipients. Additional park-specific Conditions are also included that address unique park resources or activities.

An NPS permit is valid only for the activities authorized in the permit. The principal investigator must notify the NPS in writing of any proposed changes. Requests for significant changes may necessitate re-evaluation of the permit conditions or development of a revised proposal.

Researchers working in NPS areas are required to complete an NPS Investigator's Annual Report form for each year of the permit, including the final year. The NPS maintains a system enabling researchers to use the Internet to complete and submit the Investigator's Annual Report. Investigator's Annual Reports are used to consistently document accomplishments of research conducted in parks. Principal investigators are responsible for the content of their reports. Reports with non-sensitive information are available to the public through the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System web page. Principal investigators are asked to also submit any data, reports, publications and/or other materials resulting from studies conducted in NPS areas.

Did You Know?

Lexington Arch

Great Basin National Park is home to Lexington Arch, one of the largest limestone arches in the western United States. This six-story arch was created by the forces of weather working slowly over the span of centuries. This type of above ground limestone arch is rare.