• Grand Palace

    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Telephones not working at Great Basin National Park

    The park is experiencing an outage with all incoming and outgoing telephone calls. We hope to resolve this issue soon.

  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    Road work will create delays on the main park road going up to Lehman Caves Visitor Center and Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. Wheeler Peak Campground will close at noon on September 2nd and portions of the Scenic Drive. Click more for details. Updated 8/25/14 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.

2011 Press Releases

December 29, 2011

Comments Requested for Proposed Fish Barrier

Great Basin National Park is currently seeking issues and comments for a proposed fish barrier on Snake Creek. Your issues and comments will assist in developing alternatives to the proposed action presented below and help in conducting an environmental analysis consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

December 14, 2011

Great Basin National Park Offers Snowshoe Hikes This Holiday Season

Superintendent Andrew J. Ferguson has announced that Great Basin National Park will offer holiday snowshoe hikes for the 2011 winter season. Follow animal tracks, learn about winter ecology, and see how it all survives with the rangers of Great Basin National Park on December 23rd & 24th, and again on December 30th & 31st.

December 8, 2011

Comments Requested for Proposed Upper Lehman Creek Campground Rehabilitation

Great Basin National Park is currently seeking comments for a proposed rehabilitation of Upper Lehman Creek Campground.

November 1, 2011

Free Cave Tours for veterans, current military members, and their families on November 11-13, 2011

Superintendent Andy Ferguson invites veterans, current members of the armed forces and their families to visit Great Basin National Park on Veteran's Day weekend November 11-13. The park will offer free tours of Lehman Caves to U.S. military veterans and current members of the U.S. armed forces and their families.

October 19, 2011

Finding of No Significant Impact Signed for Hydrogeologic Research Project in Great Basin National Park

Chris Lehnertz, Pacific West Region Director, National Park Service, has issued a decision and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Hydrogeologic Research Project in Great Basin National Park.

October 18, 2011

Great Basin National Park Celebrates 25 Years

Superintendent Andy Ferguson welcomes visitors to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center Thursday October 27, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the park's establishment in 1986.

October 6, 2011

Great Basin National Park Strawberry Campground Construction Almost Finished

Great Basin National Park Superintendent Andy Ferguson announced that the park has finished this season's improvements to the Strawberry Campground and Blue Canyon Trailhead.

August 24, 2011

Great Basin National Park Superintendent Announces Selection of 2011 Darwin Lambert Artist-in-Residence

Great Basin National Park Superintendent Andy Ferguson announced that the park has selected Joe Norman, sculptor/craftsman as the 2011 Darwin Lambert Artist-in-Residence.

August 10, 2011

Hymenoptera Bioblitz Adds Species to Park List

Great Basin National Park held its third annual Bioblitz August 1-3, 2011. This short term discover biodiversity event helped the park add to its list of Hymenoptera (wasps, bees, and ants). It also provided an excellent venue for sharing the importance of insects with park visitors, staff, and volunteers.

July 14, 2011

Second Annual Great Basin National Park Astronomy Festival

The second annual Great Basin National Park Astronomy Festival will take place July 28 through July 30, 2011. Join park rangers, and astronomers from the Las Vegas and Salt Lake City Astronomical Societies, to experience out of this world family fun and excitement and to learn about day and nighttime astronomy.

July 8, 2011

Environmental Assessment Available for Public Review for Proposed Hydrogeologic Research Project in Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park Superintendent Andy Ferguson announced today that the Hydrogeologic Research Project Environmental Assessment (EA) is now available for public review. This EA will be open to review for 35 days, from July 8 through August 12, 2011.

April 14, 2011

Junior Ranger Day Activities Announced

As part of National Parks Week, Saturday April 23, 2011 Great Basin National Park will celebrate Junior Ranger Day. Drop by the park for a fun-filled day and night of activities. Young and old can spend the afternoon with rangers looking through special sun-viewing telescopes; explore the fire truck and ranger vehicles, take a spring hike, or a tour of Lehman Caves. Saturday evening at 7:30PM (PDT) there will be a ranger-led stargazing/astronomy program.

March 24, 2011

New Freshwater Shrimp Discovered in Cave at Great Basin National Park

Deep in a muddy cave in Great Basin National Park, park staff found tiny amphipods, also known as freshwater shrimp, moving about a pool of water. A cave biologist and amphipod specialist determined that the amphipods were a new species to science. They recently described and named the White Pine amphipod (Stygobromus albapinus) in an article in Subterranean Biology.

March 3, 2011

Comments Requested for Proposed Bark Beetle and Hazard Tree Management Plan

Great Basin National Park is currently seeking comments for a proposed Bark Beetle and Hazard Tree Management Plan. Your issues and comments will assist with developing alternatives to the proposed action and help in conducting an environmental analysis consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

February 7, 2011

Winter Star Party/Astronomy Program

Join park rangers and experience out of this world family fun, excitement, and learn about nighttime astronomy. Astronomers will be on hand to guide you through our winter night sky, with their many telescopes of different makes, shapes, and sizes. There will be many opportunities to look at the stars, planets and other deep sky objects including nebulae and galaxies.

Did You Know?

Sagebrush

The Sagebrush, a very common resident of Great Basin National Park, is well adapted to the area. The Big Sagebrush root system can extend as much as 90 feet in circumference. This adaptation allows the plant to collect as much water as possible during infrequent rains.