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 over the weekend is expected and conditions may improve. 10/1/2014
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.
Lehman Caves Tours
"The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time."
-Henry David Thoreau
Lehman Caves is a beautiful marble cave ornately decorated with stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstone, popcorn, and over 300 rare shield formations.
A Fragile Environment
White Nose Syndrome Screening
All visitors to Lehman Cave will be screened through a simple question and answer process. Visitors who have not been in any cave or mine in the past year, or who are not wearing any clothing, shoes, or other items that were in another cave or mine can go straight to their tour. If visitors do have on clothing, shoes, cameras or other items that were in another cave or mine, they will be required to either change or clean items before being allowed on the tour. Cameras or other hard items can be wiped down with decontaminate wipes (provided by the park) and shoe soles can be decontaminated by immersion in a solution bath for 10 minutes (also provided by the park). As this process can take some time, visitors are encouraged to show up early or only wear and bring items that have not been in other caves or mines.
If you would like to learn about White Nose Syndrome click here.
Watch the series Bats in Crisis.
For a preview and to prepare for your Lehman Cave tour please watch our video below.
Lodge Room Tour:
Grand Palace Tour:
Visitors may purchase tickets in person or by phone up to 30 days in advance. Tickets cannot be purchased by phone on the the day of the tour - they may be purchased in person only. All tickets must be paid for at the time of purchase. Major credit cards are accepted for phone orders. All advance sales are final, so please plan carefully.
Advance tickets must be picked up at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center at least 15 minutes prior to tour time, at which time unclaimed tickets will go on sale to walk-in customers. Golden Age/Senior Pass/Golden Access cards must be presented to be eligible for a discount. Unclaimed tickets will not be refunded.
Fall Tour Schedule - September 2 to October 31, 2014
Winter Tour Schedule - November 1 to February 28, 2015
Saturday and Sunday
Spring Tour Schedule - March 1 to May 21, 2015
Grand Palace Tour (90 minutes)
9:00am & 1:00pm
Lodge Room Tour (60 minutes)
11:00am & 3:00pm
Summer Tour Schedule - May 22 to September 5, 2015
Lodge Room Tour (60 minutes)
Things To Know Before You Go
The only items visitors may bring in the cave with them is a (hand-held) camera, jacket and flashlight. All other items, including purses, backpacks, strollers, tripods, camera bags, food, water, tobacco, gum, and pets are not allowed.
For amateurs and professionals interested in cave photo opportunities, an After Hours Cave Photography tour can be arranged. Advance reservations and a special use permit, with associated fees, is required.
Bus tours must call at least two weeks in advance.
Please be advised that wheelchairs are not available at the park. First room tours may not be available on every tour, depending on staffing levels.
Did You Know?
Great Basin National Park has a annual Astronomy Festival each September to celebrate its dark skies.