Current Conditions - Great Basin National Park

Updated July 18, 2015

Conditions can change rapidly - especially in the fall, winter, and spring. Contact Great Basin National Park at 775-234-7331 for the most up-to-date information.


 

Park Roads

Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive
Open
Baker Creek Road
Open
Strawberry Creek Road
Open (unimproved dirt road)
Snake Creek Road
Closed - improvements to campsites, restrooms, parking areas, trails, and trailheads are being made. Work will continue through 2015.
Lexington Arch Road
Open (the unimproved dirt road to Lexington Arch is rough and rutted. High clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles are required. Advanced 4-wheel driving skills required to reach the trailhead. Route finding is necessary at parts of the trail due to flood damage.)

Please note in spring and fall roads may be closed temporarily due to snow.


 

Visitor Centers

Lehman Cave Visitor Center - Open Daily 8:00am to 5:00pm, year round, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day

Great Basin Visitor Center - Open Daily 8:00am to 5:30pm, summer only.


 

Lehman Cave Tours

Grand Palace Tour (ages 5 & up)
9:00am | 11:00am | 1:00pm | 2:00pm | 3:00pm

Lodge Room Tour (all ages)
8:30am | 10:30am | 12:30pm | 2:30pm | 4:00pm

For detailed tour information please visit our Lehman Cave page. Tickets for tours up to 30 days in advance may be purchased by calling 775-234-7517 from 9:00am to 4:00pm (Pacific time) Monday through Friday. Tours do sell out and advanced tickets are recommended. Same day tickets are available in person only.

There are no tours available on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

Ranger Programs

Astronomy Program - Every Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday night
Join Great Basin's Dark Rangers for astronomy programs every Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday night (8:30pm). Each program consists of a ranger-led presentation followed by observation through the park's large telescopes. The programs are fun for all ages and no reservations are needed. The programs will be held at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. We recommend bringing a camp chair and warm clothes. Because of the Full Moon Guided Hike, there will be no astronomy program on Saturday, August 29.

Morning Ranger Talk and Kids Programs
Ranger Talks and Kids Programs are offered throughout the summer at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center! Join a park ranger for a fun, informative program about one aspect of the park's history or ecology. Check the schedules posted around the park or give us a call at (775) 234-7331 for this week's topics and times!


 

Campgrounds

Lower Lehman Creek
Open
Upper Lehman Creek
Open
Baker Creek
Open
Wheeler Peak
Open
Grey Cliffs Loop A
Open (no water)
Strawberry Creek Campground
Open (no water)
Grey Cliffs Group Campground
Open (no water) For reservations call 775-234-7511.
RV Dump Station
Open

Fee: $12.00 per night and $6.00 per night for Golden Age/Access/Senior pass holders. (If the water is not operating, then the fee is $6.00 per night and $3.00 for Golden Age/Access pass holders). Strawberry Creek campground is free. Click for detailed campground information.


 

Weather and Road Conditions

Great Basin National Park Weather
Wheeler Peak Snow Conditions (10,147ft)

Nevada Road Conditions or call 511 or 1-877-NV-ROADS
Utah Road Conditions call 511 or 1-866-511-UTAH


 

Hiking Trails

All hiking trails in the park are open.

Weather can change quickly at any altitude - be prepared for harsh winter conditions!

Most trails are at high altitude and have steep elevation gains. Be watchful for signs of altitude sickness. If you are feeling sick, descend in altitude. Due to the high altitude, sun exposure can be a factor, and bring hats and sunscreen. Monitor weather and wear proper clothing. When hiking at high altitude be prepared for rain, hail, or snow storms. Temperatures and visibility can drop rapidly during the wind and storm events.

Please use the trail registers to document your hikes.

Click for detailed trail information.


 

Fire Conditions

Have safe campfires in the campgrounds. Make sure it's "dead out" before leaving the campsite or before going to sleep. For campfire safety tips see here.

There are no prescribed fires planned at this time. No fires are allowed above 10,000 feet.

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