Current Conditions - Great Basin National Park

Updated May 23, 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 to Mather Overlook
Baker Creek Road
Open
Lexington Arch Road
Open (road may be washed out or impassable miles before the Lexington Arch trailhead. A high clearance 4x4 is recommended.)
Snake Creek Road
Closed - improvements to campsites, restrooms, parking areas, trails, and trailheads are being made. Work will continue through 2015.
Strawberry Creek Road
Open (unimproved dirt road)

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.


 

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 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. Same day tickets are available in person only.

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

Ranger Programs

Astronomy Program - Saturday & Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend
Join Great Basin's Dark Rangers for astronomy programs on the Saturday and Sunday night of Memorial Day Weekend (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.

Full Moon Guided Hike - Tuesday June 2
Join one of Great Basin's Dark Rangers for a nocturnal adventure. These highly popular guided hikes start shortly after sunset and traverse Great Basin under a moonlit sky. Tickets are required. Detailed information can be found on our Astronomy Program page.

Beginning May 26 astronomy programs will be every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night.


 

Campgrounds

Lower Lehman Creek
Open (no water)
Upper Lehman Creek
Open (no water)
Baker Creek
Open (no water)
Wheeler Peak
Closed
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: $6.00 per night and $3.00 for Golden Age/Access pass holders, except for the Strawberry Creek campground which 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. The Bristlecone Pine, Glacier, Alpine Lakes Loop, and the Wheeler Peak Summit Trail are open, but may have a considerable amount of snow remaining on the trail, obscuring the pathway. Use caution on snow slopes and dress for cold weather.

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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