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 later in the week is expected and conditions may improve. Please check back. 9/29/2014
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.
Hiking and Backpacking
Great Basin National Park offers over 60 miles of developed hiking trails. Trail maps are available for purchase through the Western National Parks Association bookstores in both visitor centers.
Map reading skills are essential to any off-trail travel in the park. Backpackers should be prepared to hike cross-country on hard-to-follow routes, or to follow drainages, ridges and other natural features.
Staying hydrated is important when hiking in desert regions. Bring plenty of water and drink it!
Human Waste Disposal
Campsites must be a minimum of 100 feet away from a flowing stream, spring, lake or other natural body of open water and at least 500 feet from any obvious archeological site (such as historic mine sites, cabins, rock shelters, pictograph sites). Camp on mineral soil if possible, and avoid camping in the treeless alpine zone. The maximum continuous stay at any campsite is 14 days.
Fires may only be constructed upon and in areas of bare soil with a diameter of at least 10 feet or in a shallow snow pit clear of vegetation for a diameter of at least 10 feet in order to prevent escape and damage to resources. Metal fire pans or fire blankets may also be used in such areas for additional protection. Clearing of vegetation is prohibited. Fires may not exceed two feet in diameter and must be attended at all times.
Upon departure all fires must be rendered completely out and cold by dousing with water and all ashes must be widely scattered. Construction of stone fire rings is prohibited.
Abandoned mines are common in the backcountry. They can be extremely dangerous. Shafts and tunnels are unstable; do not enter them.
Did You Know?
There are 48 miles of perennial streams, and over 400 springs in the South Snake Range, home to Great Basin National Park. Over 75% of wildlife species are dependent upon these riparian areas for food, water, and cover at some stage of their life cycles.