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    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • 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.

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Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive

Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive

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Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive
The Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, 12 miles, is paved, but steep and winding. The average grade is 8%. The Scenic Drive beyond Upper Lehman Creek Campground is closed to single vehicles in excess of 24 feet in length and trailers in excess of 24 feet in length. The road is open to Upper Lehman Campground year-round. The upper nine miles of the road are generally open June through October, weather depending.

Baker Creek Road
This is a highly maintained gravel road and is generally open May through November; weather depending.

Remote Park Roads
Strawberry, Snake, Lexington Arch roads are open year-round, but can be muddy or snowy in the winter and spring. High clearance vehicles are recommended for these rough, dirt roads.

Note: Please drive slowly; speeding is the most common cause of accidents on these roads!

 
Driving Conditions
Conditions in the park can be hazardous. Please obey posted speed limits. Use lower gears on long downhill sections to prevent overheated brakes. Use of seatbelts is required in both Nevada and the park. Please stop only at pullouts. Watch for pedestrians and wildlife (especially deer on the Scenic Drive and marmots on Baker Creek Road). Congestion in the visitor center parking areas can lead to accidents. Please use caution.

Did You Know?

No water in the Great Basin Desert ever reaches an ocean.

The Hydrographic Great Basin is a 200,000 square mile area that drains internally. All precipitation in this region evaporates, sinks underground, or flows into lakes. No water reaches the ocean.